linux and floppy drive

Tony Baechler tony at
Sat Oct 6 01:43:29 UTC 2012

No, I'm not talking about dosfsutils.  I'm talking about fdutils.  It's a 
different package.  I'm not surprised that mkfs.ext2 wouldn't work.  The 
only other idea I have is to try with a different machine or a different 
disk.  I only suggest fdutils because it's supposed to probe for a floppy 
drive.  I think fdformat is part of dosfsutils and not the same thing.

On 10/5/2012 3:40 AM, Jude DaShiell wrote:
> I have fdformat and yes I did download the dosfsutils package.  I do have
> /dev/fd0 too and dmesg detects it as an 1440K drive.  mkfs.vfat gets drive
> timeouts and errors and mkfs.ext2 can't write the superblock on the drive
> since it's too small for that.  I may just have to use a different machine
> to solve this problem.

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