floppy drive problem

Malcolm Kay Malcolm.Kay at internode.on.net
Mon Apr 21 17:21:01 PDT 2003

On Tue, 22 Apr 2003 02:38, Chris Pockele wrote:
> Hello,
> I've got a 486 laptop running a FreeBSD 4.7-STABLE snapshot from
> february 4th.  Unfortunately its floppy drive is acting weird under
> FreeBSD:
> nomad# mount -t msdos /dev/fd0a /mnt
> fd0c: hard error reading fsbn 0 of 0-3 (ST0 40<abnrml> ST1 10<data_overrun>
> ST2 0 cyl 0 hd 0 sec 1)
> msdos: /dev/fd0a: Input/output error

/dev/fd0a tries to address a ufs (bsd) partition -- i.e it assumes you have 
created a ufs file system on the floppy, which is possible but unusual.

If the system is ms-dos the device should be simply /dev/fd0 or a specific
size with say /dev/fd0.1440

nomad# mount -t msdos /dev/fd0 /mnt

Most of us no longer bother with mounting msdos floppy disks but instead use
mtools from the ports or packages.


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