Is it a boot/device floppy or does the floppy contain data? Is the drive recognized by Linux?
Most floppies should be formated using FAT12, which is the same disk-format as DOS or Windows are using. In that case you can use any tool (
cp, Desktop environment). A bytewise copy of the whole floppy without knowledge about the file system can be achieved by the
Since 10.04 you should be able to mount a floppy using the
# install the package, if not installed
sudo apt-get install udisks
# and mount the floppy
udisks --mount /dev/fd0
Before removing the floppy unmount it:
# unmount floppy before removing
udisks --unmount /dev/fd0
udisks are taken from https://wiki.ubuntuusers.de/Diskette/ (page is in German).
Byte wise copy of the disk
Your disk may not contain any valid file system. In that case you can copy your disk byte-by-byte. Therefore, insert your disk in your drive. Next try to copy the whole content to a temporary file on your computer:
# root permissions are required, therefore sudo
# is put in front of the commands
# copy the inserted disk to the tmp folder
sudo du if=/dev/fd0 of=/tmp/disk.bin bs=512
# insert a blank disk inside your drive and
# copy content of disk 1 onto that disk
# WARNING: ALL DATA ON THAT DISK WILL BE DELETED!!!
sudo du if=/tmp/disk.bin of=/dev/fd0 bs=512
The first command copies all data from your disk to the system. The second command copies the data to a brand new disk. The content of that disk will be deleted!
You can keep the image in
/tmp/disk.bin as a backup. In that case, you better move/copy it to your home folder otherwise it will be deleted by the next reboot.
Hope that solves your problem!