I currently have an embedded video server that I developed using embed linux, c and c++. I currently have our assembly line workers flash the ide drives from a usb flash drive like so:
dd if=/dev/sdb1 of=/dev/sda1.
Yesterday, I accidentally erased one of my new versions of the O.S. and software when I reversed IF and OF. Anyhow, I decided to start storing a copy of the firmware to our fileserver so, 1. They don't need to use the usb flash drives anymore (very slow), then they could just use the file server's file in the flash and 2. I don't accidentally erase one of my dev images again.
My question is a simple one. 1st, is there a better way to do this? 2nd, As I am currently doing it, should I use a file extension and what should it be?
Also, can I do the flash in such a way that it copies over the mbr? I am tired of installing grub on each ide.