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mounting external floppy

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  1. sbarratt

    sbarratt Thread Starter

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    I'm trying to mount an external floppy drive to my computer and/or format a disk and then eventually use the disk dump command. As of right now I cannot get the system to mount. #: ls /dev shows an fd directory and #: more /etc/fstab shows

    /dev/fd0 /media/floppy0 auto rw,user,noauto,exec 0 0

    but #: sudo mount /dev/fd0 /media/floppy0 shows:

    mount: special device /dev/fd0 does not exist

    maybe its because i don't have a formatted disk or whatever...any ideas? I'm running ubuntu 8...whatever it is
     
  2. lotuseclat79

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    What do you get when you issue the command: mount
    as a regular user, as in:
    [email protected]: ~$ mount

    That command should tell you what is mounted and what is not.

    What does the command:
    [email protected]:~$ ls /media
    output?

    That command should tell you whether or not the directory /media/floppy0 exists or not.

    -- Tom
     
  3. sbarratt

    sbarratt Thread Starter

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    #: mount

    /dev/sda1 on / type ext3 (rw,errors=remount-ro)
    proc on /proc type proc (rw,noexec,nosuid,nodev)
    /sys on /sys type sysfs (rw,noexec,nosuid,nodev)
    varrun on /var/run type tmpfs (rw,noexec,nosuid,nodev,mode=0755)
    varlock on /var/lock type tmpfs (rw,noexec,nosuid,nodev,mode=1777)
    udev on /dev type tmpfs (rw,mode=0755)
    devshm on /dev/shm type tmpfs (rw)
    devpts on /dev/pts type devpts (rw,gid=5,mode=620)
    lrm on /lib/modules/2.6.24-19-generic/volatile type tmpfs (rw)
    securityfs on /sys/kernel/security type securityfs (rw)
    binfmt_misc on /proc/sys/fs/binfmt_misc type binfmt_misc (rw,noexec,nosuid,nodev)

    #: ls /media

    cdrom cdrom0 cdrom1 floppy floppy0
     
  4. lotuseclat79

    lotuseclat79

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    The message telling you that special device /dev/fd0 does not exist usually means that you need to create it. If it actually needs to be created, use the command mknod, but read the man pages for mknod and fd respectively (floppy devices are block devices).

    What does the command:
    $ ls -ldt /dev/fd*
    output?

    -- Tom
     
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