On 19.11.2010 20:39, Matthias Apitz wrote:
El día Friday, November 19, 2010 a las 07:16:53PM +0100, Hans Petter Selasky 

I was thinking in a tool just reading each file block by block,
comparing the blocks and noting the 1st diff with block offset number.
(some 10 lines of C code :-))


Maybe you need to write a small C-program to do that.

You can use bcmp() to compare two buffers.

Will do that tomorrow.

Just an idea: The USB key in question was new and I only created the
file system on it the usual way (fdisk, bsdlabel, newfs). Then I
restored the dump on it (which took 26 hours for 3.1 GByte dump file).
The USB key boots fine, btw.

Could it be that unwritten/unformatted blocks are read as random data
from that USB key? Should I overwrite the full USB key from /dev/zero?

It is allowed behavior for SATA SSDs with TRIM command support. Deleted blocks can be not guarantied to return any predictable or even repeatable value. May be this logic could be extended to USB devices.

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