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Thread: Little OT: So what about that USB stick

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    Default Little OT: So what about that USB stick

    I've read that if you're having some live or full installed OS on your USB stick, shall we say BT3, then it wears off that stick rather fast. Is that true or myth? I think that theorically the USB stick can be written 200.000 times or so, but I guess having OS writing some data all the time that statement might be true?

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    As long as you don't have a swap partition on the usb drive, it shouldn't be writing to it as much, but yea, having an os on a thumbdrive isn't conducive to it's longevity.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Barry View Post
    As long as you don't have a swap partition on the usb drive, it shouldn't be writing to it as much, but yea, having an os on a thumbdrive isn't conducive to it's longevity.
    But only actually if you use the OS while it's on the drive. I bet you could load the OS and then put it away for 10 years and it would still be there.
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    Quote Originally Posted by streaker69 View Post
    But only actually if you use the OS while it's on the drive. I bet you could load the OS and then put it away for 10 years and it would still be there.
    Duh!


    I suppose I should have said, "Running an OS off a thumbdrive isn't conducive to it's longevity".
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