This one's a bit more complicated. Unlike a USB device, inserting a floppy into the drive will not cause it to be auto-detected. You need a mount point, which it looks like you already have. 1.
Open a terminal and enter:cat /etc/fstab
There should be an entry that reads:/dev/fd0 /media/floppy auto umask=0,users,iocharset=utf8,noauto,flush,exec 0 0
If you already have the entry, you are ready for the next steps. If there is no line like that, you need to add it to the /etc/fstab file. You need root privileges to edit that file.2.
Check to see that the mount point already exists. In the terminal, enter:ls /media
You should see floppy
in the contents. If the directory does not already exist, you need to create one as user root. To do so, open a terminal and enter:su
chmod 755 /media/floppy
You'll probably want an easy way to access the contents of your floppy disks from your file manager. I don't know which file manager you're using. I'm using PCManFM. I navigated to the /media directory in the file manager, then dragged and dropped the floppy folder from the right window pane to the left one. In the picture below, you can see the contents of a mounted floppy that are displayed by first mounting the floppy, then clicking on the floppy icon in the left pane of the file manager.4.
You have to manually mount and unmount each floppy disk before being able to read and copy its contents. Here are the commands to use.mount /dev/fd0 <-- mount the floppy for reading
If you receive a message like the following:mount: block device /dev/fd0 is write-protected, mounting read-only
it means that the write-protect tab on the floppy disk is on.umount /media/floppy <-- unmount the floppy
You should get no messages for a successful unmount.5.
As mentioned, the floppy drive is not polled by the hardware or the system to see if a new floppy disk has been inserted, or if one has been removed. For that reason, you need to know how to mount and unmount the floppy disks. You cannot access the contents of a floppy disk until you have first mounted it. You cannot mount another floppy disk until you have first unmounted the previous one.
You may want to create desktop files for mounting and unmounting the disks. If so, post back after you have verified that all of the above is working.