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Re: 5 inch floppies

On Sat, 3 Sep 2005, Tony Nelson wrote:

> I don't know how to solve your entire problem, but I suggest that you use
> dd to copy the entire contents of each floppy into a file, so that you
> don't wear them out, and so you know if the floppy data has been properly
> read.  Once you find a solution to reading the floppy format, you can mount
> the image files over a loopback interface and work with then as if they
> were still on floppies, only faster and more safely.

dd if=/dev/fd0 of=floppy.on.hard ?

Is that different from

cp /dev/fd0 floppy.on.hard ?

> If the floppies are hard to read, sometimes just trying 50 times will
> succeed.  This is another reason to try to get the data off them, as the
> process may tend to wear them out.

Mike   hennebry web cs ndsu NoDak edu
"There are three kinds of people,
those who can count and those who can't."

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