How to Create an FLP Image for VMware
By Garrett Genet
Floppy Disk Drives (FDD) aren't as common today, which presents an obstacle when trying to work with a VMware image that needs to use one. Instead, you'll need to create an FLP file. This is an image of an FDD that VMware can mount and use as if there were an actual floppy disk in the computer. You'll need to download an application to create a virtual floppy disk containing the files you need.
Download and install "WinImage."
Open "WinImage." Drag the files you want to be in the floppy image into the "WinImage" window. The program will ask you for confirmation. Click "Yes."
Select the "File" menu and click "Save As."
Select "Virtual floppy image" from the "Save as type" drop-down menu. Type the name you want for the file in the "File name" field, followed by ".flp" as the extension. It should read: "filename.flp."
Click "Save" to save the file. You should now be able to mount the image in any version of VMware.
Download and install "PowerISO."
Open "PowerISO" and click the arrow next to the "New" icon.
Select "Floppy Disc Image."
Choose your image size and alter the defaults if you wish; otherwise, click "OK."
Drag the files you want into the "PowerISO" window.
Click the "Save" button. In the "Save As" window that comes up, change the "Save as type" to "All files."
Type the name you want for the image, appending ".flp" to the name. Click "Save."
Download and install "MagicISO."
Click "File," and then select "New," followed by "Disk Image." Click on the size you want for your floppy disk image.
Drag the files you want on your floppy into the "MagicISO" window.
Open "File" and select "Save."
Type the name of the file you want and append ".flp" to it, and then click "Save."
Hailing from upstate New York, Garrett Genet has been writing articles from tech to health to entertainment since 2001. He's been published in the "Worcester Telegram & Gazette" and websites like "digg.com" and "slashdot.org". Genet has a degree in network security & system administration from the Rochester Institute of Technology.