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Old 06-10-2004, 11:52 PM   #1
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Floppy Problem


I've just installed mandrake 10 official after a nightmare with the 10 community. So I put all my files that I wanted to keep on floppy.

After a painless install and system setup, all done using the wizards, I entered the floppy went to file:/mnt/floppy with the correct floppy inserted but the cupboard is bare.

It looks like the floppy isn't attempting to read the disk and there isnt the usual whirring sounds. No error messages are given just an empty folder.

Any ideas?

Oh and could you please type slowly as ,even though Ive been using Mandrake Linux for a while (since 8.0), I'm a bit of a newbie at fixing stuff on my own.

Old 06-11-2004, 01:55 AM   #2
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Are you shure you umounted the floppy when you've put the data on it. The data isn't written to the disk until it is umounted, so this could be the answer. One thing you should do to make shure something like this doesn't happen again is putting your homedirs on another partition then your system. (I put /boot on another as well) This way, when you do a reinstall or you install another distro all your settings and data are safe...
If you want some help about this, use the search function, there are plenty threads about it...
Old 06-11-2004, 03:41 AM   #3
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Hi elluva

Thanks for taking the time to reply.

The data is definalty on the disk. I've checked it on another PC and all is good there.

Also I have the system and home on seperate partitions. I only had a few files that I needed to keep so decided to make a clean break of it and install 10 official and format both disks to ensure no problems from the community edition.

A look in the Control Center hardware section under floppy has this to say

New devfs device: /dev/floppy/0

Old device file: /dev/fd0

Floppy format: H1440

Media class: fd

Can anyone help?


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