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Re: SVNCopy - The coolest tool for moving and syncing WCs!

From: si <sshnug.si_at_gmail.com>
Date: 2006-07-21 04:12:55 CEST

> Yves Reynhout wrote:
> > Why not just put the WC on a stick and be done with.

Exactly.

> Because you can only write a few thousand times to a USB memory stick (I
> assume this is what you are referring to) before the flash RAM fails.
> More can go wrong, IMO, by doing that.

If you had said a few hundred thousand then it might have been believable,
but only a few thousand? nonsense...

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/USB_flash_drive

"Like all flash memory devices, flash drives can sustain only a
limited number of write and erase cycles before failure. Mid-range
flash drives under normal conditions will support several million
cycles, although write operations will gradually slow as the device
ages."

Although I can't find a quick reference, I believe most modern (decent) USB
flash drives also use algorithms to spread the data over the entire drive,
so that one section of memory doesn't get excessively used.

I've been using working copies on USB flash drives for years and the only
reason i've had to change them is for upgrades as the prices drop.
I also run them on truecrypt mounted volumes which may cause even
more wear, but have yet to have a failure.

Maybe i've been lucky, and good for you for rolling your own solution,
but your excuse not to use USB flash drives seems pretty weak to me.

si

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