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I only have 3 sata ports on my Atom server, so I want to run linux from a flash drive rather than a hard drive. So I need a flash drive of the USB 2.0 spec that can run fairly well for quite awhile. Any suggestions?

Would like to keep the price below $25 please
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Just a warning. A flash drive will be pretty slow compared to a hdd.
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post #3 of 16
Flash = fast read, slow write

Honestly any flash drive on newegg with 4 eggs + is all going to be the same beyond looks.
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post #4 of 16

Patriot Exporters are pretty popular. Damn fast too!


16GB is $27, 8GB is $19

32GB is a rip off... What the hell? You can get 2 16GB's for less than a 32GB o____O
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firewire or eSATA are going to me a LOT faster...

althought Linux on a Live CD is actually not that bad.
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Originally Posted by disturbed117 View Post
Just a warning. A flash drive will be pretty slow compared to a hdd.
Yeah I thought so but it shouldn't affect too much. I just have a few programs running but the files will be on the other HDD's so that shouldn't be a problem. It will only make boot times/program loading/etc. slow, not really for server stuff though, right?

And thanks you Scrappy and ComeradeNF

EDIT: Actually I do have an eSata on this. But would I really notice a difference past boot times on server performance from flash vs esata? Also, can you boot eSata? Thanks
And to wumpus, I have a lot of configuration to do that I need to stay the same, so a Live CD wouldn't help..or would take too much for me to be able to set it up ;p
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post #7 of 16
well esata is essentially Sata Right?.
for just booting the os usb should be good. It should still be faster then a live cd.
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Excellent. Going with the Patriot one then. Thanks everyone.
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post #9 of 16
I say eSATA, but any modern flash drive will perform "fast" enough, and are dang cheap. Could you partition one of the existing HDD's and install the OS on that?

Edit: For USB 2.0, Patriot's are solid choices.
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I could but all my information is already on the two spare hard drives I have and I don't want to risk messing it up and losing all my data. Plus, I'm still pretty novice at Linux and I'm having trouble setting the server up how I want so I'm constantly reinstalling. A flash drive would probably be easier. Maybe.
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