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Date: 2012apr7
OS: Linux
Distro: RedHat/Fedora/CentOS

Q.  How can I use a floppy disk with Fedora?
(This includes reading, writing, mounting)

A.  There seems to be a bug in Fedora 13+ with floppies.
udev is supposed to make /dev/fd0 when you boot if you have a floppy drive but it doesn't.

So this is what to do.
First see if you have lucked out and the device exists:

ls -l /dev/fd0
If it does not exist, do:
modprobe floppy
And check again:
ls -l /dev/fd0
Hopefully it exists by now so you can mount it:
mkdir /mnt/floppy # Make a place to mount it. This is just suggestion mount -t auto /dev/fd0 /mnt/floppy # Mount it
Now you can use it:
cd /mmt/floppy ls -l ...
When you are done:
cd / umount /dev/floppy

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