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Submission + - Use flash drive for swap space? 1

TSayles writes: "With 4 and 8 Gb flash drives getting cheaper every day, what have Slashdoters found to be the pros and cons of using these devices as a location for swap partitions/files? Are there any significant differences in using USB flash drives versus some flavor of card in a reader?"
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Use flash drive for swap space?

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  • Flash is slow. Using a flash device for swap can quickly degrade the chip(s) as they do not take too kindly to excessive bit flipping.

On a clear disk you can seek forever.

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