Re: [OxLUG] Reading sun4 floppy disks

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Author: Philip Allen
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To: oxlug
Subject: Re: [OxLUG] Reading sun4 floppy disks
Tim,

I have a Sparcstation IPC and a Sparcstation IPX, both with floppy drives.
You're welcome to them and associated keyboards etc. Central Oxford.

Philip

On Thursday 13 October 2011 12:27:33 Tim Pizey wrote:
> Hi,
>
> I am doing a little digital archaeology, trying to read 3.5" floppies
> with a usb
> floppy drive. Some success, but two disks, which I think were written
> in 1992/93
> on Sun4 (or possibly HPUX) floppy drives are unreadable on Mac OSX and
> Ubuntu. Annoyingly these, I think, contain the files I am after.
>
> Any suggestions ?
>
> cheers
> Tim
>
> I attach the output from dmesg.
>
> [1317865.613894] sd 10:0:0:0: Attached scsi generic sg2 type 0
> [1317865.619066] sd 10:0:0:0: [sdb] Attached SCSI removable disk
> [1330294.594708] usb 1-4.3: USB disconnect, address 29
> [1331178.306872] usb 1-4.2: USB disconnect, address 28
> [1331178.660127] usb 1-4.2: new full speed USB device using ehci_hcd
> and address 30
> [1331178.801678] input: Logitech Logitech USB Headset as
> /devices/pci0000:00/0000:00:1a.7/usb1/1-4/1-4.2/1-4.2:1.3/input/input24
> [1331178.801782] generic-usb 0003:046D:0A0B.0016: input,hidraw2: USB
> HID v1.00 Device [Logitech Logitech USB Headset] on
> usb-0000:00:1a.7-4.2/input3
> [1381022.930018] usb 8-2: new full speed USB device using uhci_hcd and
> address 2 [1381023.213146] scsi11 : usb-storage 8-2:1.0
> [1381024.225069] scsi 11:0:0:0: Direct-Access     Y-E DATA USB-FDU
>      7.03 PQ: 0 ANSI: 0 CCS
> [1381024.225887] sd 11:0:0:0: Attached scsi generic sg2 type 0
> [1381024.305054] sd 11:0:0:0: [sdb] Attached SCSI removable disk
> [1381036.289052] sd 11:0:0:0: [sdb] Unit Not Ready
> [1381036.289055] sd 11:0:0:0: [sdb]  Sense Key : Medium Error [current]
> [1381036.289060] sd 11:0:0:0: [sdb]  Add. Sense: Cannot read medium -
> unknown format
> [1381036.337048] sd 11:0:0:0: [sdb] READ CAPACITY failed
> [1381036.337051] sd 11:0:0:0: [sdb]  Result: hostbyte=DID_OK
> driverbyte=DRIVER_SENSE
> [1381036.337055] sd 11:0:0:0: [sdb]  Sense Key : Medium Error [current]
> [1381036.337059] sd 11:0:0:0: [sdb]  Add. Sense: Cannot read medium -
> unknown format
> [1381036.353074] sd 11:0:0:0: [sdb] Write Protect is on
> [1381036.353077] sd 11:0:0:0: [sdb] Mode Sense: 00 46 00 80
> [1381036.353080] sd 11:0:0:0: [sdb] Assuming drive cache: write through
> [1381036.449051] sd 11:0:0:0: [sdb] Unit Not Ready
> [1381036.449054] sd 11:0:0:0: [sdb]  Sense Key : Medium Error [current]
> [1381036.449058] sd 11:0:0:0: [sdb]  Add. Sense: Cannot read medium -
> unknown format
> [1381036.497048] sd 11:0:0:0: [sdb] READ CAPACITY failed
> [1381036.497051] sd 11:0:0:0: [sdb]  Result: hostbyte=DID_OK
> driverbyte=DRIVER_SENSE
> [1381036.497054] sd 11:0:0:0: [sdb]  Sense Key : Medium Error [current]
> [1381036.497058] sd 11:0:0:0: [sdb]  Add. Sense: Cannot read medium -
> unknown format
> [1381036.513071] sd 11:0:0:0: [sdb] Assuming drive cache: write through


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