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.