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Old 12th May 2013
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Real Name: Richard
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Default Old 5.25" 360k floppy in a 1.2M drive

After inheriting a large stack of 360k floppies, I tried reading them with Linux on a 10 year old Athlon box.

But I found that Linux is horrible at reading 360k floppies from a 5.25" 1.2M disk drive.

It acted like it was reading a diskette but then inserted bad data in the output.
And of course it was unable to recognize the result as an msdos filesystem...

I wonder how many Linux users have thrown away old 360k floppies thinking that they were bad when they were perfectly fine?

OpenBSD 5.3 works great!

Here are my fstab entries for both my 3.5" drive and my 5.25" drive:
# floppy 3.5" 1.44MB
/dev/fd0Bi /dosa msdos noauto,rw 0 0
# floppy 5.25" 360K on 1.2MB drive
/dev/fd1Di /dosb msdos noauto,rw 0 0
To copy the diskettes to disk use dd:
dd if=/dev/fd1Dc of=floppy.img bs=512
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