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Bug 63909 - fdformat cannot deal with LS120 or ZIP250 drives
Summary: fdformat cannot deal with LS120 or ZIP250 drives
Alias: None
Product: Red Hat Enterprise Linux 4
Classification: Red Hat
Component: util-linux
Version: 4.0
Hardware: i386
OS: Linux
Target Milestone: ---
: ---
Assignee: Karel Zak
QA Contact: Ben Levenson
: 67611 (view as bug list)
Depends On:
Blocks: 156322
TreeView+ depends on / blocked
Reported: 2002-04-21 17:40 UTC by Adam Thompson
Modified: 2007-11-30 22:07 UTC (History)
2 users (show)

Fixed In Version: RHBA-2005-669
Doc Type: Bug Fix
Doc Text:
Clone Of:
Last Closed: 2005-10-05 16:48:21 UTC
Target Upstream Version:

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Red Hat Product Errata RHBA-2005:669 qe-ready SHIPPED_LIVE util-linux bug fix update 2005-10-05 04:00:00 UTC

Description Adam Thompson 2002-04-21 17:40:35 UTC
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Description of problem:
I don't have a standard floppy drive, so I can't format 1.4Mb floppies!
fdformat doesn't support ls120 or zip250 drives, as far as I can tell.

Version-Release number of selected component (if applicable):

How reproducible:

Steps to Reproduce:
1. "fdformat /dev/hda"

Actual Results:  /dev/hda: not a floppy device

Expected Results:  The disk should have been formatted.

Additional info:

Downloading, RPMing and using floppy-0.12 from
solved the problem.

Comment 1 Elliot Lee 2002-08-13 19:25:34 UTC
*** Bug 67611 has been marked as a duplicate of this bug. ***

Comment 2 David Balažic 2005-04-21 13:26:21 UTC
fdformat does not work on LS-120 (/dev/hdd)

Comment 3 Karel Zak 2005-04-22 08:44:23 UTC
It works. I think bz #155559 is enough -- you needn't open two bugs for your one
same problem.

Comment 4 Karel Zak 2005-04-22 11:30:59 UTC
NOTE: the utility program 'fdformat' works with standard floppy drivers only. 

For ATAPI IDE floppy driver (also known as LS-120 drives or "Superdisk" drives)
you have to use the 'floppy'. The utility program 'floppy' supports both  --
standard and IDE floppy too.

I think we should add some note about IDE to 'fdformat' man page.

Comment 8 Adam Thompson 2005-06-26 15:16:10 UTC
Hmm... manpage fixed in FC4, haven't checked RHEL4 yet.

Comment 10 Jason Vas Dias 2005-08-30 14:51:03 UTC
I had no idea this bug was removed from the CanFix list - it certainly wasn't
intentional - sorry! I can't remember modifying the CanFix list and can't explain
why this bug was removed from it.

Comment 13 Red Hat Bugzilla 2005-10-05 16:48:21 UTC
An advisory has been issued which should help the problem
described in this bug report. This report is therefore being
closed with a resolution of ERRATA. For more information
on the solution and/or where to find the updated files,
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