On Tue, Nov 06, 2012 at 09:51:59AM -0600, Martin McCormick wrote: > Is there any utility that will move the heads on a > floppy drive from one stop to the other? I needed to write a > floppy on an old system and discovered that the drive's head > moving hardware has gotten stiff with disuse. It gets better the > more I do something like dd if=/dev/fd0 of=somefile, but a > better thing would be to make the head seek to the outer-most > track, then the inner-most track and back again until things > limber up. > > I could probably write something but no point in > reinventing the wheel if there is already some application out > there that does this. You could try a disk-benchmarking program such as bonnie++. Alternatively, use dd with alternating seek= parameters to write to the start/end/start/end/... of the disk.
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