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USB Floppy doesn't mount

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I have a Y-B Data USB Floppy drive. It works perfectly in the native Mac OS, in a VMWare Fusion Windows XP virtual machine, and in a Fedora 8 virtual machine. When I try to use it with a Solaris 11 virtual machine it does not mount. When I run the Device Driver Utility, it reports a Driver Problem for the PC standard floppy disk controller. It says the driver is unknown.

I'm trying to read files off some old Solaris formatted 3.5" floppy disks that are not recognized by the Mac OS, Windows or Linux.
  • 1. Re: USB Floppy doesn't mount
    Chris_0703 Newbie
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    Is it not showing up at all or is it not showing up on your desktop? There was a note pertaining to USB floppy drives on Solaris 10.

    http://www.oracle.com/technetwork/server-storage/solaris10/overview/usb-faq-140616.html#Floppy
    Can I use a USB floppy on Solaris ?

    Yes, but it will show up as a (very small) scsi disk. check /dev/dsk/c... nodes. There are no /dev/diskette nodes for usb floppy.

    If the floppy has no filesystem, do the following.

    # /etc/init.d/volmgt stop

    Plug in the device and run rmformat(1M). It will show you the device node for the USB floppy. Assume it is /dev/rdsk/c4t0d0p0 (x86).

    # mkfs -F pcfs -o nofdisk,size=2800 /dev/rdsk/c4t0d0p0

    # mount -F pcfs /dev/dsk/c4t0d0p0:c /mnt
  • 2. Re: USB Floppy doesn't mount
    bigdelboy Pro
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    You may wish to try the following workarround: ( untested .... )


    1)

    On Linux read the floppy image to an image file using dd

    dd if=/not/sure/what/and/on/windows/at/moment of=myfloppy.img

    2)

    copy myfloppy.img to solaris11

    3)

    lofiadm -a /path/to/myfloppy.img

    mount -o ro /dev/lofi/1 /mnt ### Hopefuly it will work out the fstyp

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