Floppy Drives

Paul Groves paul.groves.787 at gmail.com
Tue Mar 26 15:43:07 UTC 2019


On 19/03/2019 23:01, Tommy Trussell wrote:

> 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.
> 

Yes that is exactly the problem I am having and I am having to leave a 
broken disk in to stop this. But of course this is not a solution.

As far as I can see, udev thinks it is a hard disk and not a floppy disk 
drive so it trying to repeatedly poll the drive.

It appears all that is needed it to tell udev not to poll the disk, but 
I have no idea how to troubleshoot any further.

Can anyone shed some light please?

Thank you
Paul



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