[Soekris] Longevity of a USB flash memory stick?
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Wed Sep 3 01:26:36 UTC 2008
I'm thinking of replacing my bulky home server with a 5501. I already
have one I use for my firewall. In an attempt to minimize heat and
noise I'd rather avoid using an internal HD, especially since I keep
reading about them overheating and/or dying early inside the case.
I'm thinking of an internal CF card for the OS and programs and a USB
memory stick for data. I can get away with a 16GB flash stick for my
My question is, how well do the USB sticks hold up to constant
service? I'm not talking about high I/O loads here, by constant I
mean it'll be plugged in and mounted 24x7. Most of the services I run
are low usage, however I do process my torrents on this machine which
results in the occasional reading/writing of some large files.
Anyone else running all flash like this? Do those flash memory sticks
overheat or die early when powered up constantly? Do they hold up
well enough to last for perhaps a few years of continual use?
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