dd for windows -- is file creation safe?
dd for windows
I'm starting to use dd, piped through gzip, exclusively for backing up my linux partitions. However, to ensure the smallest image file it is naturally important to run the a command like the following to clean out any deleted, but still present data:
dd if=/dev/zero of=/bigfilefullofzeros.deletelater
(or /dev/null, not sure if one is better than the other)
and then rm (remove) the file after getting a 'disk full' error.
Is it safe to create files using dd for windows? I suppose an alternative to installing dd for windows would be to use a live cd that supports writing to ntfs partitions. In this case the question is: Is ntfs r/w capability now considered _rock solid_ stable?
Corrupting data due to a bug would be annoying anytime, but particularly egregious if it happen specifically as the result of attempting a backup.