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Using a flash drive as a hard drive.

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Newegg has 16GB for about $25 so I was thinking about the possibility of making a HTPC that just used the flash drive as a "hard drive"

I want to install linux mint 11 and XBMC. I know it is possible to run linux (and other OS's) from a flash drive, I just want to know if this is a decent long term solution or if it will wear out the read/write cycles on the flash drive extremely quickly.

All of my media will be stored on my normal PC with this system connecting to it to run on my TV, so storage is not a problem.

Has anyone done this? Any reason not to?
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Should be fine the cycles of the read/write should be fine as linux is good for being used on usb's cant think of a good reason why you should'nt
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Cool, thanks. That's what I thought too, and if I am wrong, only 25$ out.

Has anyone done this that can say whether it is good or not?
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It's doable. But you should look into stuff like tmpfs.

You can mount certain "busy" folders (like /var/log) to RAM, saving tons of write/erase cycles on your flash drive.

(And no, I'm not sure how exactly you do that.)

Here's another thread where someone had the same idea. Maybe you can pool knowledge?
http://www.overclock.net/hard-drives...ash-drive.html
     
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