Mounting Floppies

David Bowskill davidbow at
Thu Nov 11 10:37:10 GMT 2010

Hello to all who replied to my request on mounting a floppy. I took the
advice that I was given and used 'mtools' instead. As pointed out, there
is no need to mount the floppy and these tools got the info of the
floppy easily.
Thanks to all

On 10/11/10 23:03, Basil Chupin wrote:
> On 03/11/2010 23:16, David Bowskill wrote:
>> Thanks Basil
>> I can't seem to find the previous correspondence (have searched back as
>> far as May).
>> There seems to be some very basic bug since according to fstab anyone
>> can mount the floppy - and it seems to partially achieve this.
>> I'm sure some LINUX guru will see this as a challenge and come up with
>> the answer.
>> Cheers
>> David
>> On 03/11/10 20:32, Basil Chupin wrote:
>>> On 03/11/2010 18:58, David Bowskill wrote:
>>>> Hello All
>>>> I was cleaning up when I came across some old floppies with stuff I
>>>> wished to read.
>>>> Ubuntu 10.04 would not mount the floppy although the drive light
>>>> cam on
>>>> for a short while and the drive 'clicked'.
>>>> The file /etc/fstab includes the following entry:
>>>> /dev/fd0        /media/floppy0  auto    rw,user,noauto,exec,utf8
>>>> 0       0
>>>> when issuing the command:
>>>>           mount /dev/fd0
>>>> the drive clicks and the terminal reports :-
>>>>       mount: block device /dev/fd0 is write-protected, mounting
>>>> read-only
>>>> Then examining the file  /etc/mtab, it shows no entry for the floppy.
>>>> Issuing the command umount /etc/fd0 the terminal reports:-
>>>>       umount: /dev/fd0 is not mounted (according to mtab)
>>>> I cannot read the floppy - it is not mounted although it was
>>>> reported as
>>>> being so.
>>>> Any ideas ??
>>>> Thanks
>>>> David
>>> Yes. A known problem but there is a solution. Can't remember what it is
>>> but there was a discussion on this in Ubuntu which I started at the end
>>> of September. You can either check the archives, or check Launchpad or
>>> wait (and remind me! :-) ) to find what I wrote at the time.
>>> The bottom line to all this is that none of the devs use computers with
>>> floppy drives and so they cannot produce the answer - nor really care
>>> because nobody is supposed to have computers which use floppies anymore
>>> :-( - but there IS an answer; I needed to boot the system using a
>>> floppy
>>> and started the thread beginning with, "WTF?! NO floppy in Lucid or in
>>> Meerkat". The "fix" is reasonably easy, and my floppy drive now is
>>> functional.
>>> BC
> And so, after 7 days what is the result of the advice (chapter and
> verse) I provided?
> Did I waste my time - which means that in the future I will be more
> circumspect about wasting my time providing assistance - or did you
> get the floppy working but simply forgot to tell everybody about the
> fact?
> BC

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