Which BSD - Flash Drive

wc_fbsd at xxiii.com wc_fbsd at xxiii.com
Fri Apr 7 02:52:20 UTC 2006

At 07:40 PM 4/6/2006, Malcolm Fitzgerald wrote:
>>>I would like to run a BSD distribution off a 1GB USB Flash drive...
>>That's possible.  You do understand that flash drives only have 
>>very limited # of write cycles before they fail, and should be 
>>operated in read-only mode most of the time?
>I've only heard that on this list.

I've read it on some linux lists too.  Apparently there is some truth 
to it.  It's supposedly not so bad that it's gonna fail in a 
week....  but don't put a swap slice on a flash device.

Also, Crucial / Micron (memory manufacturers) address it in their FAQ 
at www.crucial.com and state that it is a real concern, but if you 
buy their flash devices, they are covered by their lifetime warranty, 
even if such a failure should occur.


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