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A friend's mum has some childhood photos on a "thing" she wanted me to access. Turns out to be an old floppy drive. I dusted off my old UltrayBay floppy drive for the T21 laptop I still have kicking around.

I had to reboot to get floppy drive to show on desktop. But it reads all disks as blank, regardless of content. So I cannot say for sure if these photos can be accessed or not.

I know it's ancient tech, but quite important to get working in this instance...

I have tried loading floppy module:

sudo modprobe floppy

But no dice.

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Do you know that the floppy drive works? Do you know that the floppy disk works? Either, or both, could have failed. – Cry Havok Sep 26 '11 at 20:40

Via the menu option System --> Administration --> Users and Groups

Click on Advanced Settings (bottom right - under your account that is shown - there may be more than one user shown)

Click on User Privileges and check the box that says "Use floppy Drives"

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Insert your floppy disk into your disk drive and then type in a terminal:

udisks --mount /dev/fd

Look on your desktop and the floppy icon should be there ready for you to access.


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Installed Linux Floppy Utilities & followed these guides: – fleamour Sep 26 '11 at 21:23
ok - the second link is saying the same as me. – fossfreedom Sep 26 '11 at 21:28
except: "2. Use the old version of udisks" – fleamour Sep 27 '11 at 2:21
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