220.127.116.11. Formatting the floppy
On most Linux systems, users have access to the floppy disk
device. The name of the device may vary depending on the size and
number of floppy drives, contact your system admin if you are
unsure. On some systems, there will likely be a link /dev/floppy pointing to the right device, probably
/dev/fd0 (the auto-detecting floppy
device) or /dev/fd0H1440 (set for 1,44MB
fdformat is the low-level floppy disk
formatting tool. It has the device name of the floppy disk as an
option. fdformat will display an error when
the floppy is write-protected.
emma:~> fdformat /dev/fd0H1440
Double-sided, 80 tracks, 18 sec/track. Total capacity 1440 kB.
Formatting ... done
Verifying ... done
The mformat command (from the mtools
package) is used to create DOS-compatible floppies which can then
be accessed using the mcopy, mdir and other m-commands.
Graphical tools are also available.
Figure 9-1. Floppy formatter
After the floppy is formatted, it can be mounted into the file
system and accessed as a normal, be it small, directory, usually
via the /mnt/floppy entry.
Should you need it, install the mkbootdisk utility, which makes a floppy from which
the current system can boot.