Originally Posted by feniks
yeah, me neither ... not fond of their MB lineup after x58 glory they went downhill ... can't say a terrible thing about their GPUs though, had a very good luck with 570 and 670 cards. however I understand you well about plain reference designs being well ... plain reference hehe. They also have not bad FTW designs, but not everybody likes paying extra for those ... I stick to reference besides for various reasons...
DD? a link?
Haha clearly you have never used linux, which is fine just saying. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dd_(Unix)
Basically to copy one HD to a file on another HD you can restore later is
(input hd if specifies the HD/file being copied) dd if=/dev/sdaX dd of=/dev/sdaX (another HD) OR dd of=/path/to/save/point/file.whatever extension you want
so basically to copy one HD to another = dd if=/dev/sdaX of=/dev/sdaX (sdaX changes to sda1 etc based on what the device is..)
To copy an HD to a file you can restore later using DD = dd if=/dev/sdaX of=/path/to/file. bs=1M (the BS=1M just makes the block size 1M for faster copying)
To restore an HD from a file just reverse the if/of like so: dd if=/path/to/saved/image of=/dev/sdaX
So the uses are endless for this basically saving an image of my windows 7 install was one command, then flashing the HD back to that image after trying windows 8 and hating it was one command... Nothing beats that.
as you see in the link DD has many other uses also such as writing zer0's or random data to a hard disk thus making it safe to sell/give away is just one more use of DDEdited by HardwareDecoder - 11/13/12 at 12:34pm