How to Get Internal Floppy Drive Recognized Under Xubuntu 10.04 LTS

A friend’s mum had “some computer thing” that she wanted me to access some old photos.  Turns out to be a 3.5″ floppy disk.  These are the steps I followed to get read write access:

  • The floppy drive itself, a ThinkPad UltraBay affair, was recognised with an icon on the desktop but all floppies would read as blank regardless of content.  So first of all…
  • Install Linux Floppy Utilities via Software Centre (fdutils.)  Note ~ This will not work for USB floppy drives, because these do not allow full access to the floppy controller.
  •  Then go to Applictions-> Settings ->Users & Groups-> Advanced Settings-> User Privileges & check the box next to Use floppy drives.
  •  Go to Synaptic, open it, & type in “udisks”. The result will show you probably “udisks (1.0.1-1ubuntu1.)” Select Properties & go to Versions header, select the “1build1” package & go back to package header & select “Force Version” option….proceed as usual & it will install. Go to Places & click on the floppy icon & it should mount!  [Cheerz: bayouoldguy]
  • One last thing.  With Synaptic open, go to Package-> Lock Version so as to avoid automatically upgrading udisks package to latest version, whereupon your floppy drive will not work again.
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Holler!!!

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