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RedHat machine will not boot when video card is removed

I "inherited" RH 6.4 on a computer with an nVidia video card. I took the image and dd'd it to another computer that has the same hardware. By design, the second computer will be headless. This ...
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dd writes to CF with delay

I have an old 64MB CF card which I use in my laptop(kernel 2.6.38) with CardBus adapter. If I write a 64MB image to this CF card, then the write speed is more than 200MB/s: T42 ~ # fdisk -lu Disk ...
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Multiple passes of wiping disk with `dd`

I want to use dd to overwrite a disk multiple times to destroy data beyond recovery. I know I could use dd if=/dev/zero/ of=/dev/sdx/ to do a pass with zeros, or dd if=/dev/null/ of=/dev/sdx/ to ...
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Can the BS option cause data inconsistency with dd?

I have a laptop partition (truecrypt) backed up with dd since it's impossible to back it up with anything else but do a raw bit by bit copy like: dd if=/dev/sda of=imagefile.img I can of course ...
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Resuming a DD of an entire disk

I'm overwriting my hard drive with random data using the good old dd: dd if=/dev/urandom of=/dev/disk/by-uuid/etc bs=512 It's a 2TB array and my MacBook (running Linux, ok?) can only write data at ...
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Why does dd from /dev/urandom stops early? [duplicate]

On my current Linux system (Debian Jessie amd64), I'm getting different behavior for dd using /dev/urandom (/dev/random behavior is properly documented). If I naively want 1G of random data: $ dd ...
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How to inspect the contents of /dev/sdt?

I have what I hope is not a huge problem, but could end up being a very large problem. For some context, I mistakenly ran this command on my 27'' iMac: sudo dd if=ubuntu-rescue.img of=/dev/sdt ...
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Why dd reads from output device?

While dding a CentOS 7 x86_64 DVD image to a USB drive (sdb), I monitored the progress with iostat. It kept alternating between mostly writing to the USB drive: Device: tps kB_read/s ...
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What does “dd” stand for? [duplicate]

What does dd stand for? I've always referred to it colloquially as "Disk Destroyer", but what are the "official" words that make up the acronym/command? According to this link and this link it could ...
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Delete labelled partition non interactively with one command

I know about fdisk and parted, but I was not able to figure out an non interactive way to delete a labelled partition. I imagine something like <command> <action> /dev/disk/by-label/LABEL ...
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From a sparse file to a block device

I have a system image sparse file which actual size is only a few MBs but the "apparent size" is about 1GB. I'm trying to write it to a block device efficiently (without the holes). Here are some ...
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losetup /dev/loop0 disappears after some time

at the moment I do some tests with loop devices on Linux/Ubuntu. In a small test script I have the following commands: #!/bin/sh rm testfile.x dd if=/dev/zero of=testfile.x bs=1M count=1200 losetup ...
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how to write dd command to replace backup image of root partition?

I have installed rhel6.5 in my pc. After that I have changed some configurations in file system. now I have taken backup image of /dev/sda1 which is a root partition of 15gb in size using the command ...
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How can `dd` be used to right-shift data blocks?

Consider a 100MB raw block device as a simple example. That is 204800 blocks of 512 bytes each for a total of 102760448 bytes. The challenge is to shift the first 98MB (200704 blocks) so there is a ...
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Hard Drive reporting all 1's after parted

So I have a 3TB hard drive /dev/sdc that I am trying to create a partition on. Before this point, I had the issues described below, I transfered the drive to a Windows 7 computer and created a GPT on ...
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Software RAID10 setup writes small files extremely slowly, is this normal?

I have a software RAID-10 setup on Linux 3.16.6-203.fc20.x86_64, with 1.2 metadata and the default chunk size (512K): $ cat /proc/mdstat md0 : active raid10 sdc1[4] sdb1[0] sdd1[2] sde1[3] ...
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mounting partition images made with dd

is there a way to mount and access a single partition on any mountpoint in my filesystem or must I use disk images and mount with offset? I made a partiton image with dd bs=4M if=/dev/sdb1 ...
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dd over smb to reformat ntfs as ext3

I've been told it's possible to use dd to reformat a portion of a Windows share drive from NTFS to ext3. I'd like to do this to be able to preserve permissions when using rsync for backups, but I ...
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Can I backup a 1TB drive onto a 750GB drive?

I want to backup a larger harddrive (1000GB), but sadly, I only have a smaller harddrive (750GB) available. In this particular case, I do not want to copy over the files, I want to backup the ...
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Can I use dd to quickly resilver a ZFS mirror disk?

My ZFS pool consists of two mirrored disks. I have two more disks which I plan to use for rotating offsite backups. The first backup disk was added to the zpool and has nearly completed resilvering. ...
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Write the same file multiple times to one file using dd

I am trying to create large dummy files on a drive using dd. I am currently doing this: #!/bin/bash writeFile(){ #$1 - destination directory/filename, $2 - source filepath $3 - blocksize, $4 - ...
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hexedit: change number of columns (bytes per line)

I am using hexedit to show/edit disk MBR (512 Bytes, copied with dd). When I open the file, hexedit displays the file as 9 columns, 4 bytes per column (36 bytes per line). That is very unfortunate. I ...
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What does the command pkill -USR1 -n -x dd mean exactly?

I am using dd to do a network transfer of a disk image to an sd card on my BeagleBone. Using pkill -USR1 -n -x dd in an ssh connection to this BeagleBone gives me a status update of the transfer ...
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How can I see processes being run by another instance of root on my Beaglebone

I am installing a Raspbian Linux image onto an sd card inserted into my BeagleBone Black. I will use this later in my Raspberry Pi. To do this, I am using the dd command from my MacBook Pro (via ...
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How to make dd fail if it invalid skip value is specified?

When I invoke dd with an invalid value for skip it prints an error message and does nothing, but doesn't return with a value different from 0, e.g. $ cd /tmp $ mkdir xy $ cd xy $ truncate -s 2M ...
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Why is dd not protected against writing on the active disk ?

I use dd a lot. I live in a contant fear of making a mistake one day, for example writing on sda (computer disk) instead of sdb (USB disk) and then erasing everything I have on my computer. I know dd ...
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can 'dd' be used to clone to a smaller HDD, knowing that partitions will need editing?

I've used dd to clone disks like this: dd if=/dev/sdb of=/dev/sda bs=4096 conv=notrunc,noerror,sync And it's always worked fine. Any and all docs on 'dd' take pains to remind you that the target ...
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How to parallelize dd?

I'm currently having trouble with dd invoked with a sparse file as input (if) and a file as output (of) with conv=sparse. dd seems to be using one core of the CPU (Intel(R) Core(TM) i7-3632QM CPU @ ...
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why do people use “notrunc” when making an ISO from a DVD?

There are many articles on the web that describe a command-line to make an ISO image from a DVD-Video disc like this: dd if=/dev/sr0 of=mydvd.iso conv=noerror,sync,notrunc I'd like to uderstand why ...
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Differences between dd in Mac OS X and Linux

When using Linux (Debian), I often use dd to copy a disk image to an SD card. I have written a script that throws an error if the device file specified in the "of" option is too large. This keeps me ...
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dd taking weeks

A few days ago, I got the message "Windows detected a hard disk problem". I got a new hard drive, and booted into Ubuntu using a live USB. I started cloning the failing disk using sudo dd ...
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dd, seek with one block size, write with another block size

Background Info: Copying some .bin files to an SD card (to be read by an embedded device, no filesystem) Commissioning the card requires some segments to be wiped (i.e. zero'd), and others to have ...
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Is it possible to use dd to clone only the part of the hard drive which is used?

if only 1/3 of a 300GB hard disk is used. Is it possible to use dd to clone the drive (but only the 100GB that is used)? dd if=/dev/sda of=clone.img
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GNU Guix usb-install freezes at GRUB after boot

I wanted to try out the GNU usb install that was released with Guix 0.7. The problem is that when I try to boot from the USB, it freezes, with the word GRUB and a flashing type line. I followed the ...
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how to use dd to fill drive with 1's

Filling a drive with /dev/urandom seems to be very slow, so I created a file filled with FF: dd if=/dev/zero ibs=1k count=1000 | tr "\000" "\377" >ff.bin I'd like to fill the drive with copies ...
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dd write vs read performance

I have recently done some performance tests on a new server (using dd) and wonder why read performance is so much worse than write performance? Shouldn't it be another way around? file size was in ...
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Is this a correct way to back up one big drive to two smaller ones?

I have a pre-fail drive, and while I'm waiting for replacement I am trying to do full back up to two smaller drives. Given that drive is 3TG and ones I have are 1.5 and 2TB, is this a correct way to ...
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Partially overwrote /dev/sda, can I recover anything?

I was messing around with my new hard drive, which only contains some personal files, and to check its write speed, I typed: sudo dd if=/dev/zero of=/dev/sda, /dev/sda/ being the new 2 TB connected to ...
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Is dd able to overwrite parts of a file?

I have a 1TB big file (disk-image from a damaged drive) and a 1.3MB small file (beginning of a disk-file). Using the contents of the small file, I want to overwrite portions of the big file. That is, ...
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How to use pv with dd?

I'm trying to use dd with pv to write an iso to a usb drive. I did: iso="myiso.iso"; dd if="$iso" bs=1M | pv --eta --size $(ls -l "$iso" | awk '{print $5}') --progress --bytes --rate --wait > ...
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dd to clone to smaller sdcard

One of my Raspberry Pi's is using a 4GB SDcard for the root/boot filesystem. As seen when mounted on another system: Disk /dev/sdc: 3904 MB, 3904897024 bytes 121 heads, 62 sectors/track, 1016 ...
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Full DD copy from hdd to hdd

UPDATE: 2 This seems a lot better than before (Thanks to Groxxda for the suggestions): sudo dd if=/dev/sdb bs=128K | pv -s 3000G | sudo dd of=/dev/sdc bs=128K ETA is about 9 hours for 3TB, whereas ...
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Why is dd running forever on a 8 GB drive

I have a filesystem handled by ZFS and it's about 8 GB. I tried to zero out the filesystem by running: dd if=/dev/zero of=/EMPTY bs=1M | true rm -f /EMPTY And normally on an ext4 filesystem, it ...
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Is it safe to take the drive image of the current working drive?

I have to backup my hard disk. I want to use dd and put the image on an external hdd. Can I do this using dd from the OS that resides on the hdd itself or do I have to boot from another device, for ...
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DD with a specific pattern

I was watching this Defcon video and around 4:30 he shows a custom pattern of drive wiping — the drive is filled with a constant text pattern. Whether he is joking or not, is this possible? How would ...
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1:1 copy with dd

I need to get a copy of an HDD that is a real 1:1, I mean not just the filesystem but also the geometry and the partition table and everything in between. if I'll just use dd if=/dev/sdb ...
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`dd` to specific location [closed]

dd is a great tool for copying and conversion. Is there any way by dd (or by any other way), to dump the first few bytes from a file to an unmounted partition? Something like this: dd if=hda2.pbr ...
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dd: 'bs', 'count' & 'seek'

I've read many guides and forum posts describing how to use dd, but one thing I've noticed is that people always use different values for the 'bs=', 'count=' and 'seek=' switches. Please can someone ...
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How to dd a remote disk using SSH on local machine and save to a local disk

How can I create a backup of a remote disk using SSH on my local machine and save it to a local disk? I've tried the following: ssh hostname@my.ip.address "sudo dd if=/dev/sdX " | \ dd ...
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live dd over a mounted read-only root partiton

I'm trying to conceive a firmware update mechanism for a Linux-based embedded system without an additional initrd/initramfs/whatever. From within the running system which has a read-only mounted root ...