F9: Using dd to clone a drive...

Mikkel L. Ellertson mikkel at infinity-ltd.com
Sat Jul 19 02:05:22 UTC 2008

Dan Thurman wrote:
> I used dd off the Gnome Live CD, so that neither
> drives were mounted nor active. Next I proceeded
> to use dd as follows:
> dd if=/dev/sda of=/dev/sdb
> It took approx. 6 hours to copy over 450GB of data.
You would be better off using gparted or clonzilla to do the 
copping. With DD, it has to copy every byte. The others understand 
file systems and only copy data, not empty space.


   Do not meddle in the affairs of dragons,
for thou art crunchy and taste good with Ketchup!

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