floppy disk formatting: how to?

Aldo Foot lunixer at gmail.com
Wed Sep 23 21:03:25 UTC 2009


On Wed, Sep 23, 2009 at 1:35 PM, Hiisi <very-cool at rambler.ru> wrote:
>> do this command.
>>     $ floppy --capacity A:
>> To show the available format capacities of the floppy drive and post back.
>>
>> ~af
>>
>
> $ floppy --capacity A:
> floppy 0.16 Copyright 2001-2006, Double Precision, Inc.
>
> Formattable capacities for /dev/fd0:
>  80x36x512       (/dev/fd0H1440, 1.40 Mb)
>  80x18x512       (/dev/fd0D720, 720 Kb)
>  80x48x512       (/dev/fd0u1920, 1.87 Mb)
>  80x28x512       (/dev/fd0u1120, 1.09 Mb)
>  80x40x512       (/dev/fd0u1660, 1.56 Mb)
>  80x26x512       (/dev/fd0u1040, 1.01 Mb)
>  80x46x512       (/dev/fd0u1840, 1.79 Mb)
>  80x42x512       (/dev/fd0u1680, 1.64 Mb)
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Do you have a dev file like  /dev/fd0H1440? or /dev/fd0u1440?
My CentOS box has /dev/fd0 and /dev/fd0H1440.  So I can
do "fdformat -n /dev/fd0u1440".
My F11 box has only /dev/fd0.

I was going to suggest setfdprm so you set the floppy capacity
yourself, but it looks like it's no longer available after FC6.

But you can compile the utility yourself.
http://fdutils.linux.lu/

you've got a bit of homework to do.
~af




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