Joined: Oct. 2003
||Posted: Jan. 16 2004,04:47
Don't do an hd-install of DSL on to a USB flash drive or thumbdrive.
Flash memory only allows a limited number of write commands before the memory will fail (10,000 writes or so).
If you install DSL to the USB drive and perform disk-intensive operations like SWAP file/ SWAP partition, or when you create LOG files or database files, many writes are peformed against the same area of your flash drive and it will fail soon.
If you wish to use Linux on a USB flash drive, please do one of the following:
Install it via the READ-ONLY compressed filesystem. Do not create a swap partition on the remainder of the flash drive.
Install a version of Linux that supports the JFFS2 file system and install it on a JFFS2 USB partition. The JFFS2 file system is designed to work with flash memory. It will not re-use a specific location on your flash drive until it has already written to all of the other locations. This is good because it extends the life of the device. Check it out: