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

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How does dd write to a device node when you usually can't?

Now usually you'll have a partition on your USB drive or whatever, and you can only write things to there. But dd has the ability to write things outside of partitions, presumably in the MBR. How does ...
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Mint won't install over ubuntu from unetbootin, startup disk creator, or terminal dd commands

I'm new to linux but have been with Windoze since forever, so have a fair/average knowledge of general IT stuff. OK we have a Lenovo Thinkpad S10 149GB HDD 1.5GB RAM Last week I removed Windows XP ...
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Making a backup copy of the DVD “Iron Man 2”

I am trying to make a backup copy of my DVD Iron Man 2 (I live in a country where it is OK). This particular DVD has special tricks to prevent buyers from doing that (see dicussion for Mac). I ...
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Issue creating bootable USB using dd command

It's a while that I'm trying to create a bootable USB drive with a Windows on it. I first tried with Unebootin unsuccessfully, I reckon the reason is the fact that the last version doesn't support any ...
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Permission denied for “dd” of Android phone's file system connected over mtpfs in Ubunutu 14.0.4

I have connected my rooted Mi3 android phone to Ubuntu 14.0.4 using jmtpfs. I am using ~/Desktop/phone as my mount point. I am able to browse the Android device using Nautilus. Now I want to recover ...
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Write to a non-existant device using dd

Hello I wanted to write an iso image to an USB stick (which is in /dev/sdd) but I've made a slight typo, instead of typing: dd if=/path/to/downloaded.iso of=/dev/sdd I typed: dd ...
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Mount single partition from image of entire disk (device)

I made an image of my entire disk with dd if=/dev/sda of=/media/external_media/sda.img Now the problem is I'd like to mount an ext4 filesystem that was on that disk but mount -t ext4 -o loop ...
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How do I use dd to clone an external USB drive installation to a local hard disk?

can I use the dd command to clone my ubuntu installation from my external disk to my local hard drive. will it even boot? I think I can, but not sure. do I need to make the output partition on my ...
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Syncing dm-crypted drives?

I have 2 usb sticks, 8GB each: usb1 = /dev/sdb usb2 = /dev/sdc usb1 is a full dm-crypted drive and I am currently using usb2 as a backup, just incase usb1 fails. I am cloning usb1 to usb2 using ...
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SD Card Slot doesn't work

Alternative way to earn the bounty: Show me how to store a file system like ext4 (a FS which can store large files, I don't really need all of the good stuff ext4 provides for this use case) in many ...
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dd if=/dev/sdX of=image conv=notrunc,noerror,synv copies only a fraction of disk

I tried imaging my bootable usb stick, to free it for other data. However running sudo dd if=/dev/sdc of=windows7 bs=512 conv=notrunc,noerror,sync copies only 1.1GB for a 8 GB (7.7GibiByte) stick. ...
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What does the command name “dd” stand for?

I'm using dd to copy an image onto a USB. But what does dd stand for? I understand its use, but not what the name dd actually means, or is an acronym for. It doesn't even say in the man page.
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How to use the dd command to copy the content of a folder

I'm trying to use the dd command to copy the content of the folder boot0 to the my disks intial bytes. This is the command : sudo dd if=boot0/ of=/dev/sdb ibs=440 obs=440 count=1 But I get this ...
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Does dd or shred do any harm to the physical media of a hard disk?

Does dd or shred commands only overwrite the data and the filesystem or do they change or modify the physical media of the hard disk? Because I know that I can format a hard disk millions of times ...
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Cannot format read-only USB; 'Error calling fsync(2) on /dev/sdb: Input/output error ' when I try to format the drive

I'm trying to format this USB, when I plug it in it mounts and I can read what's on it, but can't write to it or delete anything (read-only error). First I tried the normal 'Disk utility' - unmount - ...
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Can't erase everything (partition/data) on sdcard, even with dd

I have a Kingston sdcard (16g) with partition and data written on it. here is the output of root@victor-ss9:/home/victor# fdisk -l /dev/sdf Disk /dev/sdf: 15.6 GB, 15560867840 bytes 4 heads, 16 ...
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Create Random non words [closed]

dd if=/dev/urandom of=a.log bs=1M count=2 Question: if this code ^ gives me random numbers, how can I get random non-words (unintelligible) such as “hgcqw”. Question 2: Can the shuf command be ...
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I ran “dd if=file1” on accident and gibberish started flowing - Bad?

I ran "dd if=correctfilelocation" on accident before I was able to add in the second half of the command and gibberish text in terminal started going crazy. Did I break anything? The file was an OS I ...
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Cloning SSD with dd But Clone Does Not Boot

At my job we have always used dd to make clones of our master os image, but recently we have updated from Ubuntu 12.04 to 14.04. We made an image of it and created a news SSD with it. sudo dd ...
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Create exact copy of compact flash with encryption with dd

I have a touchscreen system that's using some sort of encryption on a compact flash card to run it's OS. The card died, but I have access to identical machines. But when I try to copy the cf with DD ...
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How can I know how long `dd` cloning will take?

I have to dd a couple of 1TB hard drives. They are taking several hours to clone and I was wondering if there was any way possible of knowing how fast they are going, how much they have done and how ...
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How to clone to a smaller harddisk?

How to clone a harddisk to a smaller sized one. Clonezilla is great but it doesn't support such functionality. Also dd and PartImage don't support this demand. rsync will not copy the MBR since an ...
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Lost disk space after DD

I've made a typo while doing: $ sudo dd if=/dev/zero bs=1MiB of=/host/ubuntu/disks/root.disk conv=notrunc oflag=append count=2048 $ sudo losetup -c /dev/loop0/ $ sudo resize2fs /dev/loop0 In first ...
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How do you monitor the progress of dd?

dd is a wonder allowing you to duplicate a hard drive to another, completely zero a hard drive, etc. But once you launch a dd command, there's nothing to tell you of it's progress. It just sits there ...
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is 'dd' command taking too long?

I set up dd to clone a smaller system 40.00GB hard drive (/dev/sda) to a new bigger 111.00GB one connected via a USB reader (dev/sdb) and Its been going for two hours now. The activity meter on the ...
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Unable to login after dd clone

I have a test system with two 80GB drives: /dev/sda has Windows7 installed on it and /dev/sdb has Ubuntu 14.04. I imaged the Ubuntu drive to a third USB HDD using dd if=/dev/sdb ...
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DD doesn't seem to work in Ubuntu 15.04

I have used the dd command for a while to add my bootloader to a floppy image created with mkdosfs. mkdosfs -C disk_images/aquaos.flp 1440 dd status=noxfer conv=notrunc ...
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thumb drive went in to read only mode, no idea why?

It's almost brand new, suddenly sudo dd if=/dev/zero of=/dev/sdd bs=512 count=1 dd: failed to open ‘/dev/sdd’: Read-only file system tried with sudo hdparm -r0 /dev/sdd /dev/sdd: setting ...
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Error, even with sudo: “dd: failed to open ‘/dev/sda1’: Permission denied” (dd input piped from gzip)

My command which doesn't work: sudo gzip -dc sda1.image.gz | dd of=/dev/sda1 returns the following error even before I've had a chance to enter my password: dd: failed to open ‘/dev/sda1’: ...
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Problem with DD & Startup disk creator

I want to create a bootable USB drive for Chromium OS. I downloaded this image (direct link) and I want to put it on my 4 Gb USB. The IMG file is 2.6 Gb and my USB is 4 Gb, so there is space for the ...
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What is the best way to clone a disk?

My guess is that dd if=/dev/sda of=/dev/sdb bs=4096 will work out well for me. I have some concerns though: What is the ideal bs size? Is it advisable to use a live cd? I simply don't want to ...
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Cloning with DD command

How can I backup a partition (not the whole disk) to another partition on an external hard-disk using DD? I achieved this with the following command: sudo dd if=/dev/sda6 of=/dev/sdb3 bs=1M ...
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Is my command to clone a drive optimal?

I have done half an hour reading around to prepare to clone my hard drive. It has multiple partitions, including a Windows partition. I am going to buy a very large external hard drive for the ...
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Creating an SD disk image from scratch: “you must specify a filesystem type”

The really short version: I am trying to create a disk image that includes an MBR/bootloader provided in another image, and one partition with a root filesystem provided in a tarball. Creating the ...
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Using dd to test Write speeds

I'm trying to check the write speed of different devices that I have using the following: dd bs=1M count=256 if=/dev/zero of=/path/to/device oflag=dsync I want an accurate reading of write speed ...
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How can I archive dd's output directly possibly without using any compression?

It has been determined already in this question that tar cannot read input from stdin. How else can a dd output be archived directly possibly without using any compression? The purpose of doing ...
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How do I DD backup the Microsoft Surface onto a Image file? Has anyone done this and restored it successfully?

I normally back up my PCs with a disk dump. Its effective but slow, but required for us. I usually do something like this: dd if=/dev/sda bs=512k of=/mnt/MyUsbStick4TB/BackupOfMyCDrive_sda.dd Can ...
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How to copy directories and files from a corrupted harddrive?

I have an I/O error every time I copy folders and files from a partition to a backup harddrive . So how can I safely backup this data to my backup HDD?
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Complete I/O error HDD after doing dd

Ok, before reading this, I just want to say that this is not a duplicate post. I once owned a Seagate Momentus Thin 500GB that contains Windows 8. After messing up a bit, it restarted and what I saw ...
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How would I speed up a full disk dd?

I am doing a dd on two identical drives with this command: dd if=/dev/sda of=/dev/sdb bs=4096 Both hard drives are the exact same model number, and both have 1TB of storage space. /dev/sda uses a ...
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System hangs after being restored from dd backup

I've been using Clonezilla for weekly image backups, which is obviously a little bit of a hassle. I've been trying to switch to dd, so I can have cron run it for me. This is what my backup script ...
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Restoring backup from dd image has really weird results

I've been using Clonezilla for weekly image backups, which is obviously a little bit of a hassle. I've been trying to switch to dd, so I can have cron run it for me. This is what my backup script ...
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dd: Trying to recover my file system

ubuntu: 14.04 By mistake I ran the following command dd if=/dev/zero of=/dev/sda2 bs=1024 count=1 and now grub is unable to recognize file system and so the linux is not starting. I think I have ...
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USB drive doesn't auto mount

I was trying to create a live USB on my Ubuntu 14.04 system using the 'dd' command. After this operation, on inserting the USB stick, the device does not mount automatically as it used to get before. ...
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Copying files from hard drive to external hard drive, GPT Partition got in the way

I am trying to copy files off my laptop to an external hard drive because Windows is corrupt, and I need to reinstall it. I was going to use dd, but when I start the process ...
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How do i avoid starting dd over again after a system freeze?

Some days ago I decided to wipe my 750 GB hard disk in order to sell it, so I booted Ubuntu off a live DVD and started the process with sudo dd if=/dev/zero of=/dev/sda. I left dd running during the ...
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GPT PMBR size mismatch after dd clone

I am migrating my Ubuntu EFI boot system to a larger hdd. I used the command dd if=/dev/sdb of=/dev/sda I did not dismount the inputfile before copying and the outputfile was fresh unpartitioned ...
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How to convert a file to a block device?

When I backup a partition with: dd if=/dev/sda2 of=~/sda2 bs=512 I can still mount it using mount ~/sda2 /mnt But what if I backup the whole disk? dd if=/dev/sda of=~/sda bs=512 I can't just ...
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After rescue with `dd` - what to do?

I have an external that very suddenly conked out on me. It might not be in horrible shape, although I can't be sure. I just tried to recover it by using ddrescue, straight to a big partition. sudo ...
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Copy system to new fresh install

I want to wipe my entire hard drive and install a fresh dual-boot Windows7/Ubuntu system, but want to put the entire Ubuntu system as it is now back onto it. The install is located at /dev/sda10. I ...