Floppies not readable in all drives
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Tip provided by Sebastian Canagaratna
> > I am using Debian 2 Linux, installed recently. The new version
> > has superformat instead of fdformat. I am able to use superformat
> > to format floppy disks ( superformat /dev/fd0 ) and use the
> > disks, but I am unable to mount the disk on the machine at home
> > ( or vice versa ). The floppy drive controllers on the two machines
> > are different, I presume. But is this a bug, or do I have to
> > give some parameters when formatting? The floppy disks are 1.44 MB
> > high density, double sided.
> This looks remarkably like a problem I see here (part of my job involves
> supporting a cople hundred PCs).
> The problem is O/S independent. I suspect that you have floppy drives that
> are misaligned or have differnt timing or something (I can't tell you
> exactly what the problem is - it's not worth putting an oscilliscope on a
> AUD$26 floppy drive).
> Solution: Just replace one or both drives - you'll have to experimment to
> see which one needs replacing (probably the home PC if the lab PC can read
> and write floppies to/from other PCs or vice versa).
Thank you for your suggestion. In my case, I discovered that
when I form the ext2 file system on the floppy if I use
mke2fs /dev/fd0 I get the problem of transferability, but
if I use, after superformat /dev/fd0 hd, mke2fs /dev/fd0 1440
the problem disappears.
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