fd - floppy disk device


   Floppy  drives  are  block devices with major number 2.  Typically they
   are owned by root.floppy and have either mode 0660 (access checking via
   group  membership)  or  mode  0666  (everybody  has  access).   For the
   following devices, n is the drive number.  It is 0 for the first drive,
   1  for  the  second  etc.   To  get a minor number for a specific drive
   connected to the first controller, add n to the minor base number.   If
   it  is  connected to the second controller, add n+128 to the minor base
   number.  Warning: If you use formats with more tracks than supported by
   your drive, you may damage it mechanically.  Trying once if more tracks
   than the usual 40/80  are  supported  should  not  damage  it,  but  no
   warranty  is  given  for  that.   Don't create device entries for those
   formats to prevent their usage if you are not sure.

   Drive independent device files which  automatically  detect  the  media
   format and capacity:

   Name   Base minor #
   fdn    0

   5.25 inch double density device files:

   Name         Capac.   Cyl.   Sect.   Heads   Base minor #
   fdnd360      360K     40     9       2       4

   5.25 inch high density device files:

   Name         Capac.   Cyl.   Sect.   Heads   Base minor #
   fdnh360      360K     40     9       2       20
   fdnh410      410K     41     10      2       48
   fdnh420      420K     42     10      2       64
   fdnh720      720K     80     9       2       24
   fdnh880      880K     80     11      2       80
   fdnh1200     1200K    80     15      2       8
   fdnh1440     1440K    80     18      2       40
   fdnh1476     1476K    82     18      2       56
   fdnh1494     1494K    83     18      2       72
   fdnh1600     1600K    80     20      2       92

   3.5 inch double density device files:

   Name         Capac.   Cyl.   Sect.   Heads   Base minor #
   fdnu360      360K     80     9       1       12
   fdnu720      720K     80     9       2       16
   fdnu800      800K     80     10      2       120
   fdnu1040     1040K    80     13      2       84
   fdnu1120     1120K    80     14      2       88

   3.5 inch high density device files:

   Name         Capac.   Cyl.   Sect.   Heads   Base minor #
   fdnu360      360K     40     9       2       12
   fdnu720      720K     80     9       2       16

   fdnu820      820K     82     10      2       52
   fdnu830      830K     83     10      2       68
   fdnu1440     1440K    80     18      2       28
   fdnu1600     1600K    80     20      2       124
   fdnu1680     1680K    80     21      2       44
   fdnu1722     1722K    82     21      2       60
   fdnu1743     1743K    83     21      2       76
   fdnu1760     1760K    80     22      2       96
   fdnu1840     1840K    80     23      2       116
   fdnu1920     1920K    80     24      2       100

   3.5 inch extra density device files:

   Name         Capac.   Cyl.   Sect.   Heads   Base minor #
   fdnu2880     2880K    80     36      2       32
   fdnu3200     3200K    80     40      2       104
   fdnu3520     3520K    80     44      2       108
   fdnu3840     3840K    80     48      2       112


   fd  special  files  access  the  floppy  disk  drives in raw mode.  The
   following ioctl(2) calls are supported by fd devices:

          clears the media information of a drive  (geometry  of  disk  in

          sets  the  media  information  of a drive. The media information
          will be lost when the media is changed.

          sets the media information of  a  drive  (geometry  of  disk  in
          drive). The media information will not be lost when the media is
          changed. This will disable autodetection. In order to  re-enable
          autodetection, you have to issue an FDCLRPRM .

          returns the type of a drive (name parameter).  For formats which
          work in several drive types, FDGETDRVTYP returns a name which is
          appropriate  for  the  oldest  drive  type  which  supports this

          invalidates the buffer cache for the given drive.

          sets the error thresholds for  reporting  errors,  aborting  the
          operation,  recalibrating,  resetting,  and  reading  sector  by

          gets the current error thresholds.

          gets the internal name of the drive.

          clears the write error statistics.

          reads the write error statistics. These include the total number
          of write errors, the location and disk of the first write error,
          and the location and disk of the last  write  error.  Disks  are
          identified  by  a  generation  number  which  is  incremented at
          (almost) each disk change.

          Switch the drive motor off for a few microseconds. This might be
          needed  in  order  to  access a disk whose sectors are too close

          sets various drive parameters.

          reads these parameters back.

          gets the cached drive state (disk changed,  write  protected  et

          polls the drive and return its state.

          gets the floppy controller state.

          resets the floppy controller under certain conditions.

          sends a raw command to the floppy controller.

   For  more  precise  information,  consult  also  the  <linux/fd.h>  and
   <linux/fdreg.h>  include  files,  as  well  as  the  manual  page   for


   The  various  formats  allow  to  read  and  write many types of disks.
   However, if a floppy is formatted with a too small  inter  sector  gap,
   performance  may  drop, up to needing a few seconds to access an entire
   track. To prevent this, use interleaved formats. It is not possible  to
   read  floppies  which  are  formatted using GCR (group code recording),
   which is used  by  Apple  II  and  Macintosh  computers  (800k  disks).
   Reading floppies which are hard sectored (one hole per sector, with the
   index hole being a little skewed) is not supported.  This  used  to  be
   common with older 8 inch floppies.




   Alain  Knaff  (Alain@linux.lu),  David  Niemi  (niemidc@tux.org),  Bill
   Broadhurst (bbroad@netcom.com).


   floppycontrol(1),  mknod(1),  chown(1),  getfdprm(1),   superformat(1),
   mount(8), setfdprm(1)


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