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)

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.

you've got a bit of homework to do.

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