just brew it! wrote:Why do you care about symmetrical read/write times? Read times are going to be the important thing, since you're not going to write to it much once you've got it set up.
Bauxite wrote:Probably not, so look at going native linux and run windows in a seamless VM. If its recent enough (VT-x helps) you won't notice a speed difference.
A more elegant solution IMO, assuming you aren't blocked by corporate policy (a properly locked down box wouldn't let you boot off anything but their image anyways)
Flatland_Spider wrote:just brew it! wrote:Why do you care about symmetrical read/write times? Read times are going to be the important thing, since you're not going to write to it much once you've got it set up.
It's most similar to a regular drive. I'd rather not wait too long for updates to, and I will have to write a little bit to it. Most of the time I'll be able to mount a network share, but sometimes I won't.
bthylafh wrote:I think he's getting at using this instead of a CD-RW or multiple throwaway CD-Rs, since he mentioned keeping it up-to-date.
USB stick-based means he can save his profile state also.
just brew it! wrote:Yeah, but you've indicated that it is a replacement for optical media, so your original use case is essentially read-only...
Flatland_Spider wrote:I'm also hoping writing to the drive will be more robust since then advertise the high write speed. I've killed two large capacity flash drives so far, and they both failed on large writes. I was pushing 8GB of MP3s to the Sandisk drive, when it went belly up. Then I tried deleting 12GB of data from my other drive, and it gave up the ghost. I'm not hard on flash drives; I really do baby them.
LostHand wrote:So have you succeeded at setting up a USB drive? Or does it still fail at large files?
just brew it! wrote:Maybe your USB port is over-volting them, and causing them to overheat when they are asked to do a lot of writes?
highlandr wrote:I did this a while ago with Slax. I don't know if that goes against your preference for distros, but it is SUPER easy to set up. Super easy to work on also, given its module design and ability to load them while running (and for USB, the ability to save them for the next boot)
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