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24741Re: [nslu2-linux] Re: Low power / quiet drive

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  • nslu@pocketnix.org
    Jan 5, 2011
      Hitachi, i may have been hammering/using the dirves more than the
      usual user with a swap file, i had my slugs doing quite a bit

      On Thu, Jan 06, 2011 at 01:36:54AM -0000, dystopianrebel wrote:
      > I only use Hitachi microdrives, and I've found them to be very reliable. Which brand were you using?
      > --- In nslu2-linux@yahoogroups.com, nslu@... wrote:
      > >
      > > My own experince with microdrives is that they die quicker than flash
      > > drives, at every opertunity they try to park the heads and IIRC from
      > > reading the datasheet its rated to 300k head parks, when listening to
      > > mp3's on the zaurus c3000 you hit that pretty quickly
      > >
      > > i did end up replacing the microdrive with a cf card on a brand new
      > > zarus and moving the micro drive to the slug (so i could ahve a swap
      > > file) howeer had to ditch it after the drive died (tick of death)
      > >
      > >
      > > if you do go down the microdrive, make sure you apply those flash
      > > hacks to prevent writing to disk, they will make the drive last longer
      > >
      > > as a side note, CF cards tend to last longer as a swap file than SD
      > > cards do (or at least they did a couple of years back) we belive it
      > > had to do with the quality of the flash chips and drive controllers
      > > (which at the time were of much higher quality than SD cards, sandisk
      > > SD cards came close but were still beaten by a mid range CF card)
      > >
      > > another side note, IIRC a microdrive cost 3-5 times more than a CF
      > > card and few cards were avalible in the same capacity
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