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Thread: Life expectancy of a Flash drive being used for Swap/ReadyBoost?

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    Re: Life expectancy of a Flash drive being used for Swap/ReadyBoost?

    Quote Originally Posted by BlacqWolf View Post
    SATA is a type of hardware interface/connector, commonly used for non-removable media like internal SSDs/HDDs. A USB flash drive... well, uses USB.
    I know that. Which i why it would of been news to me if USB Flash Drives would of been considered Sata.
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    Re: Life expectancy of a Flash drive being used for Swap/ReadyBoost?

    Quote Originally Posted by MasterNetra View Post
    I know that. Which i why it would of been news to me if USB Flash Drives would of been considered Sata.

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    Re: Life expectancy of a Flash drive being used for Swap/ReadyBoost?

    Quote Originally Posted by BlacqWolf View Post
    Ok. I really couldn't tell if it was a joke or not.
    It was a little bit joke and a little bit sarcasm.
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    Re: Life expectancy of a Flash drive being used for Swap/ReadyBoost?

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    Re: Life expectancy of a Flash drive being used for Swap/ReadyBoost?

    Feasibility of using pen drive as RAM depends on your usage. If its like you end up using swap daily, better go for RAM upgrade.
    If it is like you use swap only occasional during heavy use, a pen drive can be a great alternative. You can even assign the flash drive as swap any time before the swap actually starts to get used as well.

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    Re: Life expectancy of a Flash drive being used for Swap/ReadyBoost?

    If you have 8k of ram, you could "cheat" and setup a ramdisk as swap.
    So perhaps you have 7 gigs of ram, and 1 gig of ram as "Fake cache".

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    Re: Life expectancy of a Flash drive being used for Swap/ReadyBoost?

    I did real filesystem caching like this (my blog).

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    Re: Life expectancy of a Flash drive being used for Swap/ReadyBoost?

    Only do it if you don't mind junking the 4 gig stick.

    I ran my server's operating system for six months on a Corsair Voyager flash drive. The last two months it was read-only due to the flash dying. At the end the stick was complete junk and could not be formatted.

    I didn't have swap on the drive, but I can imagine using swap on a USB flash drive would probably turn it into junk quickly.
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    Re: Life expectancy of a Flash drive being used for Swap/ReadyBoost?

    i had a generic 1gb drive fail after a week of running firefox off it
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    Re: Life expectancy of a Flash drive being used for Swap/ReadyBoost?

    I used an SSD, not a USB flash drive. And there's a difference between swap and filesystem caching. ReadyBoost is filesystem caching. Ideally, you'd want to never use swap. Filesystem caching, however, is very useful.

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