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Re: Some help with dd backing up into an iso


On Tue, 07 Mar 2017 00:11:00 +0000
GiaThnYgeia <GiaThnYgeia@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxx> wrote:

> I am not very confident I am doing this right and it seems wrong,  I
> can't locate any documentation that results into proper options.
> I tried backing up an 8gb USB that has 2 partitions in it, one had 1.7gb
> of data on it.
> I used dd if=/dev/sdb of=usbfilename.iso
> The resulting image was the full size of the disk.
> To test the validity I restored reversing the order of the filenames
> if/of  but that took for ever and it was a hog on resources.  After a
> while I just gave up and killed the process.  I looked at the disk and
> it seemed complete with all files in tact, so maybe I killed it
> somewhere in the verification process.
> So I used a program called etcher which I have used with 100% success in
> the past and was surprisingly fast in burning images.
> It took for ever as well, eventually it run a verification routine and
> it was done.
> Is there someway one can avoid creating such a large iso for no reason,
> when the filesize is a fraction of the whole disk.  One way I thought of
> was to shrink the partitions to just about 99% full, and leave the blank
> part of the disk as not allocated.  Would that help?
> Is there some fancy command line that does just that?

you mean something like mkisofs? I cannot remember right now how the
cdrkit counterpart calls itself, but it probably does more or less the



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