Re: Swap partition on usb pen drive
- From: kenshalo@xxxxxxxxxxxxx (Dr. Kenshalo)
- Date: Tue, 01 May 2007 15:45:16 GMT
On Tue, 01 May 2007 06:11:51 -0400, Pandora Xero
well... assuming you have a sh*t ton of money to be wasting on
flashdrives (as Chris pointed out, it IS a REALLY bad idea) you have to
do fdisk /dev/sda, remove all partitions, then create a new partition.
then run mkswap on that partition (additionally, if the system is
currently running, swapon may be needed)
A sh*t ton of money? Right now, Staples has a Sony 2 gig pen drive on
sale for $19.95. (Hurry, sale ends on Friday, April 6.) If I make 8
256 meg partitions, that's $2.50 per partition. You can't buy a cup of
coffee for $2.50 anymore. When one partition goes bad, I can just mark
it as bad (I will need to ask how to do this as well) and format the
next partition as a swap partition.
Unless I am totally wrong, and using up the write cycles on one part
of the flash memory destroys the whole chip.
Stapels also has some sort of external 500 gig hard drive on sale for
$150, USB I assume (the ad does not say) but I would look like a total
dork wearing one of those on a lanyard around my neck.
Again, as Chris pointed out this is a VERY bad idea since flash has
limited write cycles. in addition, Flash is MUCH slower than an actual
in this case, i think it would be best to use an external hard drive.
just get, say, an 80GB drive and a 3.5 inch enclosure and you should be
all set. hell, you can even carry a persistent /home dir with you that way.
I think I am going to pick up that 500 gig drive and install a bunch
of distros on it to decide which one I like. It has been about 5 years
since I have played around with Linux, and it looks like things have
come a long way in that time!
Thanks for the help,
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