Re: Linux 2.4.18 floppy driver EATS floppies

From: Horst von Brand (
Date: Sun May 05 2002 - 20:32:20 EST

Chris Rankin <> said:
> "Sebastian Szonyi" at May 05, 2002 04:58:50 PM
> > I buyed once (a long time ago) a box with 10 floppies.
> > Two died in the first day of use. From the others i still have some today.
> >
> > I think the quality of the floppies (and other products) today isn't so
> > high :-(
> Well, that's one explanation. Curiously, I've just managed to salvage
> my floppy disk. My initial attempt to run either "mkfs -t vfat" or "dd
> if=mini.ima of=/dev/fd0" failed, so I ran "mkfs -t ext2" instead. Once
> that ran successfully, I was able to dd the image again, and this time
> it worked.

That cleaned the heads, and now it works. Happened to me too on the (little
used) fd of my notebook.

Horst von Brand                   
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