FREEBSD FLOPPY DRIVE - HOW TO READ OR COPY FILES, TUTORIAL, HOWTO MOUNT FLOPPY DISK


FreeBSD Floppy Drive - How to Read or Copy Files, Tutorial, Howto Mount Floppy Disk
How to read a Floppy disk using FreeBSD(TM)

HOW TO USE A FLOPPY DRIVE WITH FREEBSD


    ASSUMPTIONS:

    You have already installed FreeBSD.  If not, then click here: How to Install FreeBSD


    NOTE WELL:

    If you are coming from a Windows background, it is important to note that in FreeBSD / Unix / Linux, a removable drive must be 'mounted' before it can be accessed.  This 'HowTo' explains this process.

    Shortcuts or 'aliases' can be configured so that the mounting process is streamlined.  To find out more, go to the Floppy Drive Configuration Section of the Shell Configuration page.


    MOUNTING A FLOPPY DISK

  1. We need to set up a directory before we can mount the floppy, so let's go to the OS root directory by entering:

    cd   /


  2. Now create the /floppy directory by entering:

    mkdir   /floppy


  3. This step is optional but helps us know if the floppy is mounted.  To create this file, let's first enter the following:

    cd   /floppy


    Now enter:
    touch   Floppy-NOT-mounted-mflop.txt


    This creates a file that will show up if the floppy disk is not mounted.

  4. Make sure the floppy disk is in the drive and enter:

    mount   -t   msdos   /dev/fd0   /floppy


    Note that this is assuming that the disk is MS-DOS formatted (Windows).  For other formats and options enter:

    man   mount



    READ A DIRECTORY LISTING

  5. The floppy disk is now mounted.  To test, enter:

    ls   -lt   /floppy


    This should give us a listing of the files on the floppy disk.


    COPY OR MOVE FILES

  6. If we want to copy files to this floppy, we could do something like this:

    cp   -p   /some/directory/on/hard/drive/somefile.conf   /floppy


  7. If we want to move files from the floppy drive to the hard disk:

    mv   /floppy/somefile.txt   /some/other/hd/dir/


  8. For other commands, enter:
    man   cp
    man   mv
    man   rm


    UNMOUNT FLOPPY DISK

  9. Once we are finished using the floppy disk, before we remove it, enter:

    umount   /floppy







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AT YOUR OWN RISK: These instructions have no guarantee or warrantee of fitness for any purpose whatsoever--and none shall be implied or inferred.  If you use these and incur any kind of damage--it is your responsibility.




















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