7.1. Creating a virtualized floppy disk controller
Floppy disk controllers are required for a number of older operating systems, especially for installing drivers. Presently, physical floppy disk devices cannot be accessed from virtualized guests. However, creating and accessing floppy disk images from virtualized floppy drives is supported. This section covers creating a virtualized floppy device.
An image file of a floppy disk is required. Create floppy disk image files with the
command. Replace /dev/fd0 with the name of a floppy device and name the disk appropriately.
$ sudo dd if=/dev/fd0 of=~/legacydrivers.img
The floppy device is now available in the guest and stored as an image file on the host.