External USB floppy drives

Polytropon freebsd at edvax.de
Sat Mar 25 22:16:06 UTC 2017

On Sat, 25 Mar 2017 13:53:10 -0700, john drake via freebsd-questions wrote:
> Do you know of an external 3.5 inch  USB floppy drive compatible
> with FreeBSD 10.2

I have one labeled IBM, it supports the "da" driver (SCSI direct
access). I sadly cannot tell you the exact model, but that is how
it appears to the system:

	ugen2.2: <TEAC> at usbus2
	umass1: <TEAC TEAC FD-05PUB, class 0/0, rev 2.00/0.00, addr 2> on usbus2
	da3 at umass-sim1 bus 1 scbus4 target 0 lun 0
	da3: <TEAC FD-05PUB 3200> Removable Direct Access SCSI-0 device 
	da3: 1.000MB/s transfers
	da3: Attempt to query device size failed: NOT READY, Medium not present

In this case, no floppy was inside the drive, or the size would have
been reported properly. With a floppy inserted, mounting is very
simple, for example if you wish to read files from a floppy:

	# mount -o ro -t msdosfs /dev/da3 /mnt

You can also use dd to create and obtain images. The only tool you
cannot use is fdcontrol (because it only works with the "fd" driver).

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