read extern drive in ubuntu

NoOp glgxg at
Sun Jul 4 00:57:38 UTC 2010

On 07/03/2010 05:38 PM, Liam Proven wrote:
> On 3 July 2010 19:40, Douglas Pollard <dougpol1 at> wrote:
>>  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
> The Mac did not go on sale until 1984! So there are no Mac floppies
> from before then, definitely. The previous Apple machines, the Apple
> II and Apple III, used 5.25" floppies, not 3.5".
> It is remotely possible but very very unlikely they're from an Apple
> Lisa. I have no clue what disk format the Lisa used or if it's
> remotely Mac-compatible.
> I /think/ my floppy drive works OK in 10.04 but I virtually never use
> it so it's hard to say. I'm not sure I've tried it since I upgraded!
> But to be honest, I am not sure you can read Mac floppies on Ubuntu.
> If they are from a late-model Mac - end of the 1980s or later - and it
> had a 1.4MB high-density drive, then the disk hardware can read them
> but the OS possibly, probably, not.

If you review the thread that I gave to Doug to get 10.04 working with
floppies again, you will find in System|Administration|Disk Utility &
clicking on Floppy Drive|Format Drive - the option to format as: Apple
partition map.

That would indicate to me that you can r/w to HFS floppies.

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