Re: Floppy handling

From: Helge Hafting (
Date: Fri Jun 16 2000 - 03:21:28 EST

> Used the well
> know solution used in both DOS and Windows. Like the (Abort, retry, fail)
> or the Windows prompt screen. Both of which prompt the user to reinsert the
> floppy so that the read/write operations may continue or to abort/fail the
> pending operations.

This won't work for a number of reasons:

1. The user may not sit at the console (he telnetted into the box)
   Granted, most users sit at the console when using floppies. But
   not necessarily. Having to walk over to the machine or
   disturbing the other user sitting there - no way.

2. Some machines run without a console, no video card, no keyboard.
   They may still have a floppy for updates or boot purposes.

That's why I say leave the light on when the system don't want
the floppy removed, and don't care too much if they eject it
with the light on. Try minimizing damage potential by syncing the
floppy often (always before turning off the light)

Better hardware (with locked eject) is nice, this is for those
with plain pc floppies.
Helge Hafting

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