floppy disks?

Keith KM6WIZ at att.net
Sat Mar 9 01:18:11 UTC 2019

If you are asking about a 3.5 inch floppy then a USB 3.5 inch drive will
work in Linux.

You can use MS-DOS tools to read the floppy:


8 inch floppy discussion:


On 3/8/19 4:12 PM, rikona wrote:
> I need to get some files from some VERY old MS floppy disk archives.
> Running Ubuntu 16.04 updated but thinking of upgrading. Can I buy and
> use a USB floppy disk drive to read these disks on a plug and go basis?
> If so, do I have to buy certain drives to work well with Ubuntu?
> Will I have to download any software to do this, or perhaps do this in a
> better way? Some may be early floppies and have lower density - might
> these not be readable by what is now recognized by Ubuntu? Also, will
> newer or older versions of Ubuntu have more/less/the same capability
> for old floppies?
> Even worse, I also have some 8-inch floppies from ancient CPM days. Is
> there any way to read such floppies now?
> I guess what I needed to do was to transfer files every time a new
> generation of storage came out. Archives are not really archives
> if there's no way to read them. :-((
> Any info much appreciated.

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