Would using usb flash to download bittorent files kill my flash drive a lot faster?

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  1. cleankutazn

    cleankutazn New Member

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    If it does i'll just switch back to my HD
     
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    Why wouldn't you just download to your hard drive if you have the space?
     
  3. trano

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    Hmm i dont see why not? how big is the usb drive? and just defrag it once in awhile
     
  4. deusexaethera

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    Because FLASH memory has a limited number of rewrite cycles.

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    Unless you bought the cheapest shit FLASH drive you could find, I wouldn't worry about it. All the name-brand drives would require months or years of continuous rewriting before their circuits wore out, not counting factory defects.
     
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    i was considering doing something like that, to allow the hard drives to spin down and rest while my downloads took place...but nah
     
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    If you're going to do that, set up a RAM disk instead. RAM has an indefinite lifespan.
     
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    if i'm running 4 gigs of ram you can allocate 1 gig as a disk?
     
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    Doc Brown Don't make me make you my hobby

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    Well that may be faster, but if you blue screen say, and have to restart you lose all the data.
     
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    I've found that its a must(for me) to download my torrent files to a separate drive, not just a separate partition if i'm using the computer.
     
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    Doc Brown Don't make me make you my hobby

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    Because of speed, or because of the security of having it on another drive?
     
  11. cleankutazn

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    I'm using the corsair flash voyager 8gb...I thought it would be better because I wouldn't have to defrag my hd as often.
     
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    I didn't know that you would need to defrag flash memory?
     
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    Not to increase access speed, but to reduce wasted space. If a file is in multiple pieces on any disk, each piece will occupy a whole number of sectors on the disk even if the sectors are only partially full. Defragging takes all those pieces and puts them back together, reducing the number of sectors that get marked as full without actually being full. That gives you more space to work with, especially if the disk has large sectors.
     
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    some RIAA-paranoid people prefer an easy-to-dispose storage :mamoru:
     
  16. cleankutazn

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    :wavey:
     
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    I heard doing that kills your flash drive faster too
     
  18. deusexaethera

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    It does. Anything that involves rewriting data wears the drive out. No way around it.

    Basically, you don't need to worry about defragging it unless you use it heavily in the first place.
     
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    There can only be one partially filled sector or allocation unit per file. And, you can only fill that sector by increasing the file size.

    Defragging is only done to physically arrange files on the disk for faster sequential access.

    Since flash memory doesn't have a platter that spins under a read head, defragging is pointless.
     
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    That's what I thought for flash memory. Never heard of defragging flash memory.

    and btw, I download my torrents to a second hard drive for speed. The torrent is constantly reading and writing. I notice a difference when I switched the location to a different hard drive.
     
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    so, on a separate note (and please let me know if you think this would deserve a separate thread), can you put more than 4Gb of memory in an XP machine and use anything over 4Gb for a ram disk? or, is XP stuck with only 4gb no matter how you slice it?
     

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