How do you format floppy disks

Asked by GregWI on 2008-11-27

When I access the web site documentation for either 8.10, 8.04, 7.10 for files, folders, then how to format a disk, I get an "Error 404 page not found." How do you format a 3 1/2" floppy disk? I tried to read 6 disks in two different Ubuntu machines. Neither drives would read the Windows files on the disks. Could it be that both drives are bad? Could it be that all 6 disks are bad? Or do the floppy disks have to be formatted to Linux?

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Ivan Candelas (shellbofh) said : #1

use the gfloppy application that is included in the gnome-utils package

Edna Cortes (ednaecr) said : #2

Ja instalei o gnome-utils e nao tem o gfloppy. Como faco para que ele apareca?

miketan63 (miketan63) said : #3

Floppy Activation for Ubuntu 8.10 – 20 Feb 2009 - <email address hidden> (Windows,Macintosh,Linux)

Run Update Manage & Reboot

1. Run (Alt + F2) : gksu gedit /etc/modules

1A. For msdos usage - Add the line :


      to the end of the list. Save the file & Close document.


1B. For Linux Native (ext2) usage - Add two lines :

      #To load floppy module


      to the end of the list. Save the file & Close document.

1C. Reboot

2. Run : sudo mkdir floppy0

                 sudo chmod g+rwx floppy0

                 sudo chmod o-rx floppy0

                 sudo modprobe floppy

                 sudo mount /dev/fd0 floppy0

2A. Reboot

3. Go to Main Menu : System/Administration/Synaptic Package Manger - Quick search -

     type floppy - Check - fdflush / fdutils - Mark for Installation - Apply

3A. Reboot

4. To activate Floppy Formatter :

     In a Root Terminal , type : sudo gfloppy (enter)

5. To mount floppy : Right Click on Floppy Drive - Mount - in Nautilus (File Browser).

     Do not use Double Click.

     To open floppy : Double Click or Right Click - Open. Umount floppy after use.

6. Works alright on Quick Format but not so on Standard , Thorough , ext2 for all the

     above command. Still some bugs, hopefully subsequent updates could be corrected.

7. Reboot if floppy unable to mount or fail.

Michael Jenkins (gotemall) said : #4

where do i find the ubuntu imagge file?

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