Floppy Drives

Tommy Trussell tommy.trussell at gmail.com
Tue Mar 19 23:01:39 UTC 2019

On Fri, Mar 15, 2019 at 4:54 PM Paul Groves <paul.groves.787 at gmail.com>

> I still use floppy disks everyday and they work fine on 18.04 with one
> problem:
> My SCSI floppy drive (and USB to FDD adapter) keep on being polled by
> udev and the drive goes click, click every 5/10 seconds or so and I have
> no idea how to prevent it.
> I have to shut down and unplug the floppy drive power to prevent udev
> destroying the drives. I already lost one because of this problem.
> I have posted about it here before but it seems nobody could help. The
> openSUSE list helped me to find udev is the cause. See post on their list.
> It appears that udev recognises the floppy drives as hard disks (because
> they are not a standard FDD controller but via usb/scsi).
> Can anyone help me resolve this?

It's been YEARS since I used a floppy drive, but I seem recall having an
external drive that would click like you described when attached to a Mac.
Or maybe it was a PC. OR maybe it was a SUN workstation. :-)

I might be wrong but I believe I quieted the drive by leaving a disk
(disc?) in the drive even when I wasn't using it. It seems like the
particular drive I'm thinking of came with a plastic "dummy" disc to
protect the heads during shipping, so I left the dummy disc in the drive
when I didn't want to hear it click. I would, of course, eject the dummy
disc when I needed to use a REAL disc.
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