Installing OpenFiler, or in otherwords how I lost two hours of my life to a Floppy Drive

So I love OpenFiler! it is really the coolest thing since sliced bread! Luckily though for me the first time I installed it, it worked like a charm. My second time I was not so lucky 😦

So Installed OpenFiler, the install was easy and then getting it to talk to ESX was a little challenging but completely doable. I took my hardware and transfrered it over to a bigger case and then I couldn’t get it to work again!

Absolutely nothing had changed so I was really starting to pull my hair out! Luckily I had the reassurance that I had got it working before or else I think I would have given up.

The problem would happen when I would Click on Volumes. The web page would never refresh and would just hang there.

On the OpenFiler box I would get these two errors.

end_request: I/O error, dev fd0, sector 0

Buffer I/O error, dev fd0, sector 0

So, I am a linux newbie. So I’m wondering to myself what is going on. Maybe the harddrive is going out? Maybe the ram? Maybe a reinstall will fix it? So I try swapping components, resinstalling… all to no avail. I Google my error message, still no clues. I start to get a hint that fd0 is the floppy disk… hmm now we are on to something. Of course if I knew linux I would have known that already.

But what is the solution? Of course you just go into the bios and disable the legacy floppy. Apparently OpenFiler was trying to list through all storage devices and getting stuck on the non-existant floppy device…. grrrr

That was frustrating! But now it works, gah!

It looks like I could have also blacklisted it somehow like in these instructions

But it would be nice if not having a floppy attached didn’t crash OpenFiler!



  1. Hi, i searched for a long time (many night without sleep, cause i’m a newbie @linux), and i find this ! Thanks u so much ! ❤

  2. Seriously, thank you for writing this! I was successful in finding this with one Google query, and this is the solution to my problem!

    Thanks again,

  3. Thanks! You know I didn’t even think of looking at the console, and I would have seen the FD0. Thank you very much, it was driving me batty.

  4. Thanks A Lot!
    So grat to know… i’am also a linux noob but this simple info was all i need to continue my plan to take over the world 😉

  5. Hehe, and ofcourse I stumbled into the same issue.
    My luck it took me 20 min to decide to go into the console, saw the message and found this site googling.
    Disabled the floppy in the BIOS and viola …

    My sincerest gratitude 🙂

    Ehm, Wolle, Sorry : I was already plannng to take over the world, find your own 😛

  6. You’re the BEST man!!! Heheheh .. u saved me several hours!! May the blessings of heaven rain upon u always. 🙂

  7. Kudos for this Tip! I just installed OpenFiler for the very first time … and was having this isssue … found your post within seconds … great job!!

  8. Hey, new to openfiler… had spent over a half day with this error to find the solution in this blog. You da man!

  9. As with everyone else. Just installed Openfiler for the first time, got the errors, googled, found this post in a sec, and presto! Problem solved! Thanks a bunch!

  10. Just installed Openfiler , got the errors, googled, found this post in a second, and BOOM! Problem solved! Thank you very much.!

  11. thanks for this solution installed openfiler for the 1st time spend 2days with this error was thinking changing the pc.

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