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    Re: Total Newby Needs Some Help Please, with Floppy Disks

    I have opened a terminal and entered the code: mkfs -t vfat /dev/fd0 and I get the following /dev/fd0: Persission denied

    So no idea what to try now.

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    Re: Total Newby Needs Some Help Please, with Floppy Disks

    Quote Originally Posted by Salicet View Post
    I have opened a terminal and entered the code: mkfs -t vfat /dev/fd0 and I get the following /dev/fd0: Persission denied

    So no idea what to try now.
    try using
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    sudo mkfs -t vfat /dev/fd0
    Some parts of the system require higher privileges to write to (which is what formatting is, essentially), and sudo allows you to raise your privileges so that you can write to those parts of the system.

    Note that sudo will not show you the password you entered (will not even show dots dashes, or anything to indicate you entered a password)
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    Re: Total Newby Needs Some Help Please, with Floppy Disks

    I have tried sudo mkfs -t vfat /dev/fd0 and sadly it does not work. Is it not possible to format a floppy from the terminal?

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    Re: Total Newby Needs Some Help Please, with Floppy Disks

    Quote Originally Posted by Salicet View Post
    I have tried sudo mkfs -t vfat /dev/fd0 and sadly it does not work. Is it not possible to format a floppy from the terminal?
    ask again: are your floppies set as "writable" (meaning not locked physicaly by the hardware switch) ??????

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    Re: Total Newby Needs Some Help Please, with Floppy Disks

    I have spent a lot of time on this problem today and had success with writing to the internal floppy drive. I can read from it perfectly. However earlier today I tried using a external USB floppy drive and it reads and writes perfectly. Howeve I can't format old floppies as I need to know what the device number is, I know the internal drive is df0: My question is, is it possible using the terminal to find the device number of the various devices installed in the system

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    Re: Total Newby Needs Some Help Please, with Floppy Disks

    ->Install gparted, go to Gparted option
    ->Devices
    ->choose the floppy disk(identify by disk size)
    ->right click the disk
    ->choose the formatting options
    ->click on the check option on top.

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    Re: Total Newby Needs Some Help Please, with Floppy Disks

    Or search in the Dash for disk utility.

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    Re: Total Newby Needs Some Help Please, with Floppy Disks

    Thanks for the help, sadly I still have a problem. I have downloaded gparted but can’t find it on my system. I tried looking at some YouTube videos as to how to use gparted, and I noticed that people start gparted by going to the system directory and then going to accessories directory and choosing gparted.

    My System directory does not have an accessories option. When I open System I find only 3 options, Gigolo, Ibus and Task Manager. So how do I find gparted? is there a search option on xubuntu 13.04, on can I locate and run gparted from the Terminal?

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    Re: Total Newby Needs Some Help Please, with Floppy Disks

    Try
    Code:
    sudo fdformat /dev/fd0
    from a terminal to format the floppy.

    I believe the default is 1.44Mb,but you can use different formats.

    Look at
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    man fdformat
    for other formats.

    After the format,you have to put a filesystem on the floppy,that is where the mkfs command comes in.

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    Re: Total Newby Needs Some Help Please, with Floppy Disks

    Quote Originally Posted by Salicet View Post
    So how do I find gparted? is there a search option on xubuntu 13.04, on can I locate and run gparted from the Terminal?

    i don't know about search function in Xubuntu at the moment, but

    Code:
    gksu gparted
    in terminal will run gparted with graphical sudo (i.e. with admin privileges)

    otherwise

    Code:
    lsusb
    will list usb devices.

    you can check in
    /dev
    /media

    directory to see if any new USB media device is plugged in.

    /media – Directory for mounting files systems on removable media like CD-ROM drives, floppy disks, and Zip drives.
    /dev – Contains all device files. Linux treats each device as a special file. All such files are located in /dev.
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