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Old 25th December 2010
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Originally Posted by Carpetsmoker View Post
Downside of dd is that it won't display the speed of the sectors being scanned. If you have for example 100 sectors with an access time of 1 sec then you may want to replace the drive anyway.
Most implementations will print a progress report if you send SIGINFO to them.

I configure ^T (CTRL+T) to send that signal in my .profile.

$ stty status ^T

$ sudo dd if=/dev/rsd2c of=/dev/null bs=64k
load: 0.37  cmd: dd 25514 [physio] 0.00u 0.06s 0% 57k
1540+0 records in
1540+0 records out
100925440 bytes transferred in 1.822 secs (55386132 bytes/sec)
Originally Posted by Carpetsmoker View Post
This is not something of a hoax, it's true that an older version had a bug in it (A moth would be triggered, not a butterfly) which may cause the hard drive to break, but this has been fixed a long time ago. It is now considered to be quite safe.
Yeah, they should have all the kinks worked out by now.
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