You may wish to create a blank floppy disk in an flp format suitable for a VM to write to. Perhaps a process requires it, such as the recovery disks or an install of Partition Magic or Volume Manager. This method does not require a physical floppy disk.
This method doesn’t require any software such as winimage
- Logon to the Service Console as ROOT
- Create an empty file which is 1440KB in size with:dd if=/dev/zero of=/vmimages/blankdisk.flp bs=1k count=1440
- Then build a vfat file system for the flp file:mkfs.vfat
Browse to and connect to the flp file within the VM.
If you wished to access this floppy file from the Service Console use:
mount -t vfat -o loop /vmimages/blankdisk.flp /mnt/floppy
This was first published in January 2005