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Old 12-15-2002, 03:06 AM   #1
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using DD?

I want to use dd to write the necessary Slackware 3.5 files to floppy disks, and need to know what options to use. I have already downloaded the files, I just need to know the correct way to use dd.

before anyone asks, I have a 486DX that I am currently rebuilding. i want to put slackware on it for both the learning experience, and just because I'm emotionally attached to my 486, it was my first computer I figure linux would do it some good, i used to run win 95 on it.
Old 12-15-2002, 03:11 AM   #2
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dd if=file of=/dev/fd0 (to move to a floppy).
But dd works for images, not normal files. I hope you already know that.
Old 12-15-2002, 03:19 AM   #3
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yeah, I know. besides, if it was just a normal file, I would cp it anyway. I'm talking about for the base.i and color.gz floppy images.

I'll try that and get back to you.
Old 12-16-2002, 12:56 AM   #4
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i love dd and even use it for copying partitions to other
hard drives. even though it copies the blank space too,
its much faster, as long as the partition is the same size
and the same heads cylinders sectors stuff.
I wanted to know how far along dd was so edited the
code to write to the screen for me how many blocks it
had copied while it was copying. Kick ass. thats also how i found out how much faster dd was if you use bigger block sizes.
i can copy a full 40 gig hard drive to another in 35 minutes.


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