read extern drive in ubuntu

Douglas Pollard dougpol1 at
Sat Jul 3 16:30:02 UTC 2010

On 07/01/2010 09:27 AM, Liam Proven wrote:
> On 1 July 2010 14:13, Todd Edwards<tedwards at>  wrote:
>> I don't believe the format of the document is important in this case.
>> The computer she is connecting the drive to needs to be able to read the
>> file system on the drive. Being that it's an 'old' Macintosh drive I
>> would have no idea though unfortunately. I know the new Apple computers
>> use some flavor of EXT Journaled, but I'm still not sure if Ubuntu can
>> read it or not. Maybe someone with a bit more Apple experience can chime
>> in?
> No. Macs do not use any "flavour of EXT" - not ext2, ext3 or ext4. As
> I said in my earlier reply to this thread, they use HFS+ which Ubuntu
> can read - in my experience, without any extra software needed.
OK,  the lady sent me the hard drives. It turns out that they are not 
hard drives at all.   They 3 1/2in. floppy's :-)     The problem I am 
having now is that Ubuntu 10.04 does not seem able to see the floppy 
drive.  I found a tutorial on line to make Ubuntu 8.04 see the drive and 
mount it but it doesn't seem to work for 10.04.  Any body knowhow to set 
that up.  I also have xp on my drive and the floppy drive works on it. 
But it can't read the Macintosh floppy I haope ubuntu can.       Doug

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