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how can you copy files to your floppy disk under unix?
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Are you just wanting to copy the files to the disk or do you also want to be able to read them on a DOS/Windows PC?  What flavor of Unix are you using?
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by:tfewster
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Either tar them to the floppy device, e.g. tar -xvf /dev/fd0 file_names so they can be untarred by any another system that has "tar" (available for DOS, Windows etc.)

OR create a filesystem on the floppy, mount it, copy the files using cp, umount the filesystem, mount the floppy on another system running the SAME Unix, copy files from floppy.

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All am wating is simply copying a file from my home directory to my floppy disk... I am sorry if I am not being specific enough...
 How can I access the floppy device?
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markparr earned 150 total points
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Actually, you would write the files to the floppy using

tar -cvf /dev/fd0 <file(s)>

and use

tar -xvf /dev/fd0

when you needed to restore them.

In most cases, the floppy drive name will be /dev/fd#.

You also DD (Data Dump) a file to the floppy using

dd if=<file> of=/dev/fd0

and then restore it using

dd if=/dev/fd0 of=<new file>

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