ok the deal is i have 2 computers involved in this a laptop and a desktop...
the desktops relevant specs are:
80 gig hard drive
P3 550 megahertz
256 mb ram
40 gig hard drive
Celeron M 1.5 gigahertz(?)
1024 mb ram
DSL live CD
the command im running i read here on these forums posted by AwsomeMachine and others it is
dd if=/dev/hda of=/dev/hda
its supposed to be for debugging a hard drive and repairing in/out errors
i 1st tested it on my desktop to make sure it works it took 2 hours and worked as advertised
the reason i needed it for my laptop was because im getting a wrong reading on free space in winblows so i popped in a live CD and 1st ran fdisk -l to get the right hard drive then ran the dd command that was 10 hours ago its still running!!!!
to sum that up i ran the same command on 2 computers and the faster one is taking over 5 times as long and counting!!!!!