For those of us still using computers old enough to be equipped with floppy-disk drives, we can manage those devices, too. Preparing a blank floppy for use is a two-step process. First, we perform a low-level format on the disk, and then we create a filesystem. To accomplish the formatting, we use the
dformat program specifying the name of the floppy device (usually /dev/fd0):
sudo fdformat /dev/fd0Double-sided, 80 tracks, 18 sec/track. Total capacity 1440 kB. Formatting ... done Verifying ... done
Next, we apply a FAT filesystem to the disk with
sudo mkfs -t msdos /dev/fd0
Notice that we use the msdos filesystem type to get the older (and smaller) style file allocation tables. After ...