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I'd like to know if there are any programs available to get me the name of the filesystem used on a floppy, instead of just asking me if I want to format the disk.

I wish to exchange files with an old drummachine, an E-mu SP-1200 (wikipedia, vintage synth explorer). I must identify the filesystem used, so that I can look for specifications.

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What does this have to do with programming? – DVK Oct 17 '09 at 20:22
Well, I wish to create this filesystem so that I can exchange files with an old drummachine. But before that can be done I must identify the filesystem used, so that I can look for specifications. – Fred Oct 17 '09 at 20:30
if you give the name of the drummachine, maybe someone will know more about the filesystem? – Snark Oct 17 '09 at 21:13
+1 for nostalgia value :) – Nathan Fellman Oct 17 '09 at 21:31

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On Linux:

  file -s /dev/fd0

The file command identifies file types, including file system images. So what do you think happens on a floppy disk device file?

This will even answer correctly if some wise guy copied an archive directly to a floppy as if it were a tape drive.

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Thanks, I will try that. I use mac os so file is available here as well. – Fred Oct 17 '09 at 20:33
file -s /dev/fd0 is correct. file /dev/fd0 will simply return /dev/fd0: block special – Johannes Weiß Oct 17 '09 at 20:42

The thread got moved and I can't make comments here so I repost in responce for now. @snark: Good idea, the drummachine is an emu sp1200.

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Associate your accounts: – random Oct 18 '09 at 4:34

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