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It was originally working, then I unlocked the Floppy Disk icon from the launcher.
Now I need to access the floppy and I can not figure out how to restore the floppy drive icon to the sidebar.
Is there any procedure to restore access to my floppy drive?

  • Mitch's answer worked for me in 12.04 LTS (thanks!) – B. Fife Apr 17 '14 at 6:28
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Try this. just press Ctrl+Alt+T on your keyboard to open Terminal. When it opens, run the command(s) below:

udisks --mount /dev/fd0
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This will not work on a HP6530b.

Locate the floppy with:

sudo blkid -o list -w /dev/null

In the generated list you will find a column with the name fs_type.
In this column should be an entry with name vfat, that is the floppy disk.

In the device column you will see a name like

/dev/sdc

Thats the name of the floppy disk which you can use in:

udisks --mount /dev/sdc

Please note that there should be a disc in the floppy disk drive at all times.

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