Recently, I just got some Legacy software. Woo!
On floppy disk. What is this, 1990?
So, my beta/Old PC was the only one that had a disk drive. And that computer had Debian linux.
So, let’s get these to my pc!
Make sure the floppy drive works.
mount -t vfat /dev/fd0 /media/floppy0
If that says something like
mount: /dev/fd0: can't read superblock
, then open up your computer and make sure that the floppy drive works. This happened to me, and apparently I had forgotten to.. well.. hook up the drive.... remember to do that.
SU up to root in case you can’t mount.
Tip: you have to specify a filesystem format when you mount the drive. -t is the switch that does so.
If the above step works, you’ve mounted the drive. You’re going to need the following two commands:
- md5sum – but only if you have more than one disk involved with your ISO burning work.
md5sum is to help you verify that, when you are mounting and unmounting disks, that your unmount attempts are working.
how to install MD5sum on debian linux
apt-get install isomd5sum
How to burn ISOs in Debian Linux– required step: install mkisofs
apt-get install mkisofs
OK. So now that you have the required software,
mkisofs -r -o /path/to/desired/ISO/file/newFileName-0.iso /media/floppy0
The above step creates the ISO file.
Then, umount your disk. Make sure to leave the /media/floppy0 folder if you were just in there! You can’t unmount a folder you’re in.
Repeat step 1 as many times as necessary.
Step 4: (optional)
Use md5sum to check the MD5 of a file. Do this with the ISO files you want to compare.
~# md5sum /path/to/desired/ISO/file/newFileName-* a583c9cc94c11d0e35b4967b79f979a0 /path/to/desired/ISO/file/newFileName-0.iso 7f15179dbc68c18b2f91ecd9365b7c70 /path/to/desired/ISO/file/newFileName-1.iso
If you have more than one matching MD5 answer (first column), the files are likely to be the same.
Make sure to unmount the last disk, and then transfer your files to your destination computer.
Stay cool, viewers!
The URL I used to help myself with this: