read extern drive in ubuntu

Douglas Pollard dougpol1 at
Sat Jul 3 18:40:40 UTC 2010

On 07/03/2010 12:30 PM, Douglas Pollard wrote:
> 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
  Well I couldn't get 10.04 to mount or run the floppy drive. I put in a 
6.06 live cd and the drive and the floppy will mount and run.  The 
floppy disks are 1980, 1981 vintage REALLY OLD. Now if anyone knows how 
to get Ubuntu to read and copy the files it will be 
appeciated.                          Thanks much,   Doug

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