Fire Flash as boot drive?

Discussion in 'Mac Basics and Help' started by After G, Sep 16, 2005.

  1. After G macrumors 68000

    After G

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    http://www.kanguru.com/fireflash.html

    I was thinking of getting one of these (4 GB version, ~$400) as a boot drive for my iBook.

    Is it worth it in terms of speed increase if I get one of these, or should I just opt for a 7200 rpm notebook hard drive instead?

    I was thinking that I didn't want to muck around with the inside of my computer until it is out of warranty, and I am not really lacking for storage space.
     
  2. CanadaRAM macrumors G5

    CanadaRAM

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    Go with the hard drive. Some points:

    The flasd keychain speed is listed as 400 Mbits per second. That's the Firewire 400 rate, NOT the flash memory's rate.

    You don't want flash memory as a boot drive... although read time may be acceptable, iits write time is way slow, and it will die after 1,000,000 writes. This is not an issue for a camera, or for daily data backup, but your boot drive is also where your scratch files are, the OS writes to the scratch area constantly - 1,000's of times a day.
     
  3. After G thread starter macrumors 68000

    After G

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    Thanks for the quick reply.

    I guess I'll get the hard drive then.
     

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