fantastic - I didnt know dd could be used that way drive to drvie
I've found a site www.clonezilla.com
that has free solution. you download an iso file tht consists of an ubuntu system with a setup for doing disk to disk - as long as the second is .ge. first.
plan to download it and see how well it works
I assume that the SMART system eliminates the need to do a low level formatting since as i understand it, the controller is continiously doing effectively the same thing - but seems like a good idea . no?
again thanks much