How to copy data off an old IDE disk
cos at indeterminate.net
Tue Apr 1 18:55:11 BST 2008
On Tue, 1 Apr 2008, John Costello wrote:
> How certain are you that the disk is fat32? I ask because I'm staring at
> the fat= options (Ubuntu) and wondering if an old floppy is fat=12,
> fat=16, or fat=32. For something from the early 1990s (or in my case, for
> a mid-90s floppy), I'm more inclined to go with fat=16. In my case, it
> should be an ok gamble as the web.zip on the floppy hasn't been needed by
> me for the past decade. For you, it might result in problems.
> See man mount for more info on the fat= options. You'd *maybe* want "-t
> msdos" for the filesystem type.
Adding onto my earlier note: I tried fat=16 and fstype msdos, which
worked. There *was* an annoying note in dmesg saying that fat 16 is
obsolete and not supported, but I was able to read the disks.
So, either as root / using sudo do
mount -t msdos /dev/somewheres /mount/point -O fat=16
or put an entry in your /etc/fstab
/dev/somewheres /mount/point msdos rw,user,noauto,fat=16 0 0
and then use the mount command manually. I put "noauto" in the options in
case you really need fat=12, which you just might.
Mounting the disks with various incorrect filetypes and fat options didn't
seem to hurt them, but the standard disclaimers apply.
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