help floppy format

Juha-Matti Liukkonen jml at
Sat Oct 4 10:49:59 PDT 2003


actually, if you are talking about picobsd (or similar small *BSD 
build), the image
file will contain a UFS format filesystem. Not FAT (DOS native format), 
not EXT3
(linux native format), but UFS (BSD native format). You can mount and 
access the
*resulting* floppy anyway you'd like from any BSD system.

But the image file does contain a low-level partition image, not a file 
to be saved
on a file system. The 'dd' command, or tool such as rawrite in DOS 
systems, must
be used to dump the entire image to the disk in a low level fashion, as 


Kyryll A Mirnenko wrote:

>>i've tried windows and native linux format floppies
>>and they dont work. what format do i need to use. thx
> WHat means "floppy format"? You need to write RAW data sector-to-sector to the floppy (if I understand the problem) using
> dd if=image_file of=/dev/fd0
> on UNIX, or with rawrite on Windows.
>   The resulting diskette'll contain small booting program which unpacks the rest of the data (~4M, packed to one floppy) to RAM, then starts freebsd.
>   This diskette won't be readabe nor on Windows, neihter on *nix!
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Juha-Matti Liukkonen, Cubical Solutions Ltd
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