Powerful Linux/Unix Command dd, right?
dd has been around for so many years( since 1970). It comes to help for quite a lot of things. I am impressed every time I have to use it, it is the right tool in the right time. It is very powerful and can rely on it if you know how to use it.
Here are some examples of dd use:
1. Convert EBCDIC to ASCII or vice versa
dd if=file.in of=file.out conv=ebcdic
2. Make bootable iso from DVD in case you need to backup the CD/DVD into image
dd if=/dev/hda of=dvd.iso
3. Drop ASM diskgroup
dd if=/dev/zero of=/dev/sdb bs=1048576 count=50
dd will put zeroes in the header of /dev/sdb disk, erasing the information. In this way the asm disk is seen as CANDIDATE and you are ready to re-use it. Check out Metalink [ID 563048.1].