A common Unix program whose primary purpose is the low-level copying and conversion of raw data.

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How to dd or use something like WinDiskImager to copy a hybrid disk image to a thumb drive?

So this started as a question on how to get a file visible in Windows but invisible in Mac and vice verse: Is it possible to have a file hidden in Windows, but visible in OS X? I was suggested to try ...
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Last partition fails to dd copy

I'm trying to copy the NOOBS Raspbian distribution's 8GB SD card to a new card. For some reason, the logical partition /dev/sdb6 will not copy correctly. Accessing fdisk /dev/sdb after the attempted ...
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Why is “/dev/rdisk” about 20 times faster than “/dev/disk” in Mac OS X

According to the rasbery pi documentation, You can load your OS to a flash card with either /dev/disk or /dev/rdisk. rdisk stands for raw disk. /dev/disk is a block level device, why would rdisk ...
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Test USB 3.0 Device Speed

I've looked up hdparm, but all examples are for testing disks. Not sure if it can be used to test external usb devices (specifically usb flash stick). I'm using the following code right now: dd ...
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How do I create a 1GB random file in Linux?

I am using the bash shell and would like to pipe the out of the command openssl rand -base64 1000 to the command dd such as dd if={output of openssl} of="sample.txt bs=1G count=1`. I think I can use ...
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Copy from CDROM is very slow in Ubuntu

I'm using the command to copy CDROM image: # dd if=/dev/sr0 of=./maverick.iso But it's very slow, at about 350k bytes/sec. I've searched the google, and try the command # hdparm -vi /dev/sr0 ...
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How to create VHD disk image from a Linux live system?

Once more, I have to resort at the experts here at SuperUser, as my other sources (mainly Google ;-)) didn't prove very helpful... So basically, I would like to create a VHD image of a physical disk ...
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How can I allow users to write an image to a SD Card via dd?

With dd if=myimage of=/dev/sdb root can write an image to an SD card. How can I allow users to do this?
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dd fails in postgres backup from one server to another

I've got a server which is running out of space. Unfortunately it doesn't even have enough space anymore to backup a postgres database I've got running on it. So I now want to backup the running ...
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Can not mount copy of image file (ddrescue): “can't have a partition outside the disk”

I'm struggling for days now moving my old Windows XP installation to a new hard disk, because the old disk is failing. Long story short: I successfully created an image of the entire (failing) disk ...
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creating a bootable USB from command line on linux

I have a CD that's created from an ISO file which I use to install a custom version of Ubuntu via plop linux. The cd works fine but I'd like to use a bootable USB drive instead. I used the command dd ...
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changing permissions of Read-only file system in linux

i use this command to make a bootable flash disk of linux mint sudo dd if=~/Desktop/linuxmint.iso of=/dev/sdx oflag=direct bs=1048576 it's work, but now my flash disk is lock and i can't change ...
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Improve dd restore speed

Just now after waiting about 33 hours I finished restoring hard disk dev.pm.m3 resided on the LVM partition from previosly created zipped dump 5_dev.pm.m3_2012-11-03.gz. Here is its status: gzip -dc ...
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Linux command to look at other drives/partitions on computer from live CD

So my friend’s computer crashed because the file system is corrupted. However, she needs files from the system, therefore, a reinstall wouldn’t do the trick as we still a way to recover the files. ...
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How to use Cygwin to copy an image from an SD memory card

Long story short, I'm working on a Windows 7 machine and I'd like to strip the image off an SD card (backing up the card from a Raspberry Pi). I'm trying to use Cygwin, but not having much success. ...
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cannot boot kali usb

I downloaded - from http://www.kali.org/downloads/ - Kali Linux 32 bit ISO and then sha1sum-ed. blkid shows my usb on /dev/sdc1 then dd if=<path-to-kali.iso> of=/dev/sdc (I have also ...
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dd , pv , gzip and exclude directory, possible?

Is it possible to do the following: dd if=/dev/hdx | pv | gzip > /path/to/image.img\ --exclude=/temp --exclude=/lost+found --exclude=/proc --exclude=/path/to/image.img So I want to make a backup ...
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Why does 'dd' produce different files for same USB stick?

I've just saved the restore for Windows 8.1 onto a USB stick; now, I've been creating the low level copy of it on my HDD, by executing the following command: sudo dd if=/dev/sdf ...
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Copy huge file skipping first line using dd in Linux

I was trying to copy the content of a huge file (10GB) to another skipping the first line (as in head -n1). I tried multiple ways of head, tail, awk and sed. Settled on using tail -n+2 > ./xab.1 ...
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using dd to copy partition to another partition, while using physical drive

I'm not sure how to explain this in the subject better, so the "question" may not be right. But here goes. I have three hard drives. Drive A is a 320GB drive, Drive B is a 80 GB Drive, and Drive C is ...
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How can I mount a disk image?

I have a disk image myimage.disk which contains the partition table and a primary partition (i.e. a FAT32 filesystem). Think that as a USB pen image. I want to mount the primary partition to a local ...
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OSX: can I dd a usb thumb drive into a file?

I have mounted a usb thumb drive into my MBP. Here is the partial output from mount /dev/disk2s1 on /Volumes/KINGSTON (ntfs, local, nodev, nosuid, read-only, noowners) When I tried $ dd ...
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Cannot mount western digital hard drive. Can I clone it?

I have a 1TB Western Digital USB3 external hard drive. Last day I dropped it and after that I was unable to mount it. The hard drive doesn't have a SATA connector but the circuit board translate from ...
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ddrescue - trimming failed blocks is reading the target drive

7 8 64 20 1 0| 13M 0 :6728k 0 :6732k 0 | 264B 344B> 3 8 68 19 1 0| 14M 0 :6940k 0 :6940k 0 | 264B 344B> 7 8 61 23 1 0| 13M 460k:6592k 0 ...
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How to clone a bootable SD card to a little smaller card?

I have an 8G bootable SD card used for Raspberry Pi. Currently I bought an exactly same card, in order to clone the card. I have tried the following steps: Create an image from the old card: ...
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Make disk image with real-time compression over network on Linux

I have two Linux notebooks on a network and no additional storage. I want to backup the first notebook hard drive (make full HDD image), on the second notebook. How could I do that using real-time ...
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Use dd to copy 2 partitions to ISO

I have a bootable 16GB USB with three partitions, I want to copy the first 2 to an ISO file. Found this question but it wasn't helpful to me. +-------+-------------------+-------------------+ | ...
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Installing Freenas on an SSD

Just wondering if anyone here has installed Freenas on an SSD. I know its meant to be on a USB pen drive. But Ive got a spare 64Gb SSD that I can install Freenas on and id like may be other stuff to ...
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Is dd's extended size notation ignored when bs=<value> is set?

On linux the man page for dd claims: N and BYTES may be followed by the following multiplicative suffixes: c=1, w=2, b=512, kB=1000, K=1024, MB=1000*1000, etc up to M, GB, T, P, E, Z, Y. But ...
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Using gnu dd_rescue to rescue data from a failed hard disk

I'm using gnu ddrescue 1.18.1 from the SystemRescueCD Linux distribution. I started the recovery process yesterday using this tutorial: ...
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How to Copy .VHD File to Physical Hard Disk Using DD Command

I have read other question/answers on this site that say this is possible, but I'm wondering how it is done. I have tried the following command, which completes successfully, but the NTFS isn't valid ...
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canot restore disk image with dd (target part filled with zero)

I have a RAID0 disk before, now I want change the size of it. From the manual, the only way is backup data, delete RAID, re-create with new size, and restore data. now I have many old 2.5" hdd, each ...
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How to append data in a file by dd?

I want to append new data in a file stored in SSD. dd if=/dev/shm/test of=/data/sdb/test bs=1G oflag=append But df -h shows the dd command always overwrite the test file, instead appends new data ...
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Will Steam not run if its partition is copied to another using dd?

If I have Steam installed on one windows partition and then I copy that windows partition into another partition using dd, will Steam not run in that new partition? If so is there a way to fix it?
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How to write bootable iso to a partition?

I want to install a new operating system. Neither want to write the installer ISO to DVD, nor to USB flash drive but to a partition on the HDD itself. I have done it before: I created a bootable USB ...
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Use `dd` linux program to save / recover a disk's MBR

I have an Ubuntu OS installed on my laptop. I want to install Windows 7 as well to another disk partition (I will do it by recovering it from a special partition on my laptop). After installing ...
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Does dd require CAP_SYS_RAWIO?

A little while ago, I found out from this that there used to be a way to semi-permanently disable the ability of even root to modify immutable & append-only flags (lcap CAP_LINUX_IMMUTABLE) or ...
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Making a VDI image bootable for VirtualBox

I created a disk image of a Ubuntu (12.04) system by using dd if=/dev/sda6 of=xxx.img The VDI image was created by using vboxmanage clonehd xxx.img xxx.vdi --format VDI When I create a new VM ...
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windows equivalent for dd

I need to read and write various flash card images. The way i always did this in linux was with dd, and that did the trick. What is a good windows equivalent? Simply put, i need to be able to read an ...
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Can I use dd to clone a larger SD card to a smaller SD card if the actual partitions will fit?

I have a 16GB SD card that has a few partitions on it (it's actually the card for a Raspberry Pi). I have several other 4GB cards that I want to clone the primary card to. The 3 partitions on the ...
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dd - just copy partitions

I have a SanDisk Extreme SD card contaning my Homeserver runing on the RaspberryPI. I want to move this sytsem to another 4GB SD card using dd. But unfortunaltely when I make an image via dd it has ...
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Can dd copy raw data from hard drives when operating system cannot recognize file system of partitions of hard disks?

As the title says, can dd copy down from hard disks even when operating system cannot recognize file system of partitions of hard disks?
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Attempting to test an embedded nand flash chip by filling up a file to drive capacity

I'm trying to test an embedded nand flash chip using the dd command (write random data to a file): dd if=/dev/urandom of=/nand/storage/testnand/test.raw bs=100000 count=50 2> /dev/null However, ...
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Understanding the dd command in Linux

can someone explain to me what this command does: dd if=/dev/zero of=10MBfile1 count=10000 bs=1024 which produces this output: 10000+0 records in 10000+0 records out 10240000 bytes (10 MB) copied, ...
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How can I identify and read only free-space junk data from EXT4 partition?

I have cloned an EXT4 partition via raw dd command from a Galaxy Nexus phone. How can I identify and read only free-space junk data from the EXT4 partition? I need to recover some WAVE samples(I'm ...
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Is it possible to clone previous boot disk to new imsm raid array?

A PC with a hard drive 750GB. The hard drive has one partition with Vista and several partitions with Ubuntu 14.04. I mainly work with Ubuntu but occasionaly I boot Vista. Recently, the drive's smart ...
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Complete wiping of hard drive - shred, wipe or dd?

I need to wipe all data of a number of hard drives, from Ubuntu Linux. I have found three command line tools: shred, wipe and dd. It seems kind of random what people recommend. Sometimes someone ...
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How to copy an ISO image onto USB with dd

The last paragraph of the SliTaz 3.0 Release Notes says the following about the liveCD: The ISO image now uses a 'hybrid' system: it can also be copied onto an USB stick without formating it ...
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Creating a large file of random bytes quickly

I want to create a large file ~10G filled with zeros and random values. I have tried using: dd if=/dev/urandom of=10Gfile bs=5G count=10 it creates a file of about 2Gb and exits with a exit status ...
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How to recover files and folders from a dd_rescue image?

My 16 GB USB disk crashed, the filesystem disappeared. I tried to fix it with "dosfsck", but no success, it also has bad sectors. Then I made a disk dump with "dd_rescue" command. I was able to ...