5.25" floppy drive

Christoph Kukulies kuku at kukulies.org
Fri Oct 1 14:04:45 UTC 2010

  I'm in the need of reading some data from old 5.25" floppy media (1.2MB).
I lent 2 drives from neighbour institutes at the university and after 
having recalled that the
floppies have to be enabled in the BIOS I'm now seeing the fd0 device in 
dmesg (FreeBSD 8.0 RELEASE).

I can do a dd if=/dev/fd0 of=/root/fd0.dmp

The select light is lit, the head motor seems to get power but the 
spindle doesn't spin.

I tried that with two TEAC drives to no avail.

Any clues what I may have forgotten? The drive is connected with the 
edge connector and the end is open.
Does it need to be terminated?


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