Fishing Boat Installation - Hard Drive Shock, Vibration - SSD, Flash?
Hello all, I have a 7" monitor hooked up to my Ibm Thinkpad that is placed onto a docking station under my center console whenever I go on a fishing trip.
Problem is, I don't want to risk messing up my school/work computer. A bigger problem is that the motherboard/hard drives park whenever there is excessibe vibration/shock, so the GPS does not update until I slow down the boat (this is not good because I want to use if for real-time navigation). I know that this has been discussed extensively in the car domain, but there aren't any absorbers when going over rough waves or even constant vibration. I use the computer as a GPS system with Earth NC, google maps, and goops to track the boat as it is moving.
I want to build a dedicated system with the atom motherboard/processor (intel D945GCLF), the M2 power supply, and the Ampie car case. Memory is straight forward and I don't think I will need to use the ignition control of the power supply since I will want the gps to be on even when we are not moving the boat.
My main question is reguarding the hard drive. I would ideally like to put a low cost SSD drive so that shock and vibration is not an issue. This seems to be very expensive. Should I look into a laptop harddrive that does not have the free-fall accelerometers that park the heads during motion at the expense of possible breaking the hd, or is there a way to just install the operating system on a flash drive since I don't require much storage space for music or anything? Thanks for your help.