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is there something better than dd?

better meaning, something with a progress bar?
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post #2 of 11
for CDs/DVDs? Yes, use any of the various CD/DVD programs out there. They all use dd/cdrdao/ect... but they do it in a nice way.
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post #3 of 11
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Quote:
Originally Posted by mushroomboy;12234657 
for CDs/DVDs? Yes, use any of the various CD/DVD programs out there. They all use dd/cdrdao/ect... but they do it in a nice way.

actually i was using DD to make an exact copy of hard-drives.
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Than DD is your most basic tool. Outside of getting HDD cloning programs for linux:

http://www.cyberciti.biz/tips/download-linux-clonezilla-to-clone-system.html

An article about the 6 "best":
http://www.linux.com/learn/tutorials/288156%3A6-of-the-best-free-linux-disk-cloning-software

Really DD does everything, but I do like having status bars (percents).
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post #5 of 11
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Originally Posted by mushroomboy;12235336 
Than DD is your most basic tool. Outside of getting HDD cloning programs for linux:

http://www.cyberciti.biz/tips/download-linux-clonezilla-to-clone-system.html

An article about the 6 "best":
http://www.linux.com/learn/tutorials/288156%3A6-of-the-best-free-linux-disk-cloning-software

Really DD does everything, but I do like having status bars (percents).

haha thanks, i'll try some of those. i've already used clonezilla before.
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post #6 of 11
Yeah, all those tools use DD as a backend but make it much cleaner to look at. It's the same thing with CD-R/RW tools, they use cdrdao just as you would in cli but it's set up for you with a nice format.
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post #7 of 11
You can try to kill it with the SIGUSR1 flag while it's running.
Code:
kill -SIGUSR1 `pidof dd`

dd will then output stuff to STDERR about the time elapsed, amount of bytes transferred and average rate through the entire process.

Alternatively you can use pv, which unfortunately only shows you time elapsed/transfer rate information rather than time left as you probably want:
Code:
dd if=/dev/zero | pv | dd of=/dev/null

Alternatively you could make a script that checks for the input file's size, and then uses the output of pv to see time remaining.
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post #8 of 11
get dd_rescue ... it is more verbose and allows you to do other funky things like read backwards or don't keep trying bad sectors, etc.... i use it quite a bit when i'm doing data recovery.
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post #9 of 11
youd figure for something as useful for dd they would have put in a -v or something to show a progress bar...
Kinda meh now...
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post #10 of 11
Quote:
Originally Posted by gonX;12245188 
You can try to kill it with the SIGUSR1 flag while it's running.
Code:
kill -SIGUSR1 `pidof dd`

dd will then output stuff to STDERR about the time elapsed, amount of bytes transferred and average rate through the entire process.

Alternatively you can use pv, which unfortunately only shows you time elapsed/transfer rate information rather than time left as you probably want:
Code:
dd if=/dev/zero | pv | dd of=/dev/null

Alternatively you could make a script that checks for the input file's size, and then uses the output of pv to see time remaining.

LOL beat me to it....pv is where it's at.
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