Subject: Re: formatting usb floppy?
To: Daniel Carosone <>
From: Steven M. Bellovin <>
List: current-users
Date: 01/13/2003 18:41:24
In message <>, Daniel Carosone writes:
>I have a usb floppy drive, which is smaller and neater than the
>modular-bay one for my laptop.  Apart from other issues I'm having
>with this specific drive (i can read but not write) I'm curious
>how to format floppies in such devices.
>fdformat uses fd-specific ioctl's. 
>scsictl format gives:
>/dev/sd0d: Check Condition on CDB: 03 00 00 00 20 00
>    SENSE KEY: No Additional Sense
>     ASC/ASCQ: No Additional Sense Information
>Is there an "official" answer?  It's not something I need to do
>right now, but seems to be a functional gap at the moment.
>The drive is sd0 at atapibus1 drive 0: <TEAC, FD-05PUB, 1026> disk removable

I've experienced the same problem, and posted about it.  No one has 
suggested any solutions.  I can usually read from the drive, but I can 
never write to it.

And yes, I have the same model floppy as you do.

		--Steve Bellovin, (me) (2nd edition of "Firewalls" book)