Making images of floppy disks and CD-ROMs on Linux

Posted on 2007-10-06

I have several books that came with floppy disks or CD-ROMs. I'm worried about whether they'll last and wanted to make copies of them. It is trivially easy on Linux:

dd if=/dev/scd0 of=/iso/book.iso

I got a rawread script that supposedly solves some compatibility problems. I found that dd worked fine on two disks that the script had problems with. The script is called with /dev/scd0 >book.iso

To mount a image (mkdir /media/iso directory first):

sudo mount -o loop book.iso /media/iso

For floppies, use /dev/usb0 (I have a usb floppy drive) and .img as the extension.

Tags: cdrom dd debian floppy img iso linux rawread