Accessing Removable Media
Making a Linux Filesystem on a Floppy
- Use fdformat /dev/fd0H1440
- To make a filesystem on the disk type "mkfs –t filesystem –c /dev/fd0H1440" where filesystem is the type of filesystem, usually ext2 (linux native).
- Mount the filesystem "mount –t ext2 /dev/fd0 /mnt/floppy
Mounting floppy and CD-ROM drives
|mount /dev/fd0 /mnt/floppy||To mount a floppy|
|umount /dev/fd0||To unmount a floppy|
|mount /dev/cdrom /mnt/cdrom||To mount a cdrom or
|mount -t iso9660 -r /dev/cdrom /mnt/cdrom || Another way to mount a CD-ROM with type specified or
mount -t auto /dev/cdrom /mnt/cdrom
Note the CDROM may be on the secondary controller as a master (/dev/hdc) or slave (/dev/hdd). In fact, your /dev/cdrom is probably actually a softlink to one of these two devices, if you have an IDE interface. If you use SCSI, you will probably use something like /dev/sda1 or 2, etc.
Mounting a parallel port zip drive:
mount -t vfat /dev/sda4 /mnt/zipdrive
Note: in all these examples, the mount points must exist, be empty, and not already have a device mounted on them. Also you must unmount the device before removing it.