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Date:      Sun, 12 Mar 1995 18:28:18 +0059 (MET)
From:      Andreas Schulz <>
Subject:   Re: /dev for Mounting Floppy Drive
Message-ID:  <>
In-Reply-To: <> from "" at Mar 12, 95 07:49:48 am

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> > My machine has a 3 1/2" drive at the B mount a 144K floppy in 
> > that drive, I issue the command 'mount -t msdos /dev/fd1.1440 /mnt' .... 
> Question from a FreeBSD/UN*X newbie:  What's the difference between the
> /dev paramter in the mount command above and the /dev I've been using for
> my 3.5" A drive: 
>    mount -t msdos /dev/fd0a /mnt

Only history. I think the /dev/fd1.1440 (/dev/fd1 ) or for your case
the /dev/fd0.1440 ( /dev/fd0 ) stems from System V. They try to differentiate
between the devices. It may be useful to use these long names, if you
want to write to a floppy in another format than the default one.
So, if you want to write a 720K floppy in a 1.44Mb drive. Then the name
will choose the right format. The /dev/fd0.720 should produce on write
a 720Kb floppy and the /dev/fd0.1440 should write a 1.44Mb floppy for
a 3.5" drive.
For reads it shouldn't matter, the driver should detect it :-). You see
the word should :-), i have not tested it yet.

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