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    Flashdrive boot up

    I just acquired an 800MB IDE flashdrive, threw windows 98 lite on it, and it boots on the Epia-M in 17 seconds (from poweron to fully loaded). Not too bad I'd say but it didn't floor me either.

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    800 MB Flash Drive

    How much was the drive and where did you get it?
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    Was it a IBM microdrive? 17 seconds is pretty good, 98lite still isn't the fastest booting os

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    I got it on ebay. It is a silicontech IDE flashdrive. I would like to boot XP embedded off it but ...

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    Ive got a 64mb compact flash card connected as an ide hard drive. It doesnt really boot any quicker than a standard hard drive. The IDE interface is the limiting factor these days, not the drive speed.
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    so which would boot faster? an ide flash drive or a firewire hard drive? or is the firewire still limited by ide ?

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    Originally posted by phil.45
    Ive got a 64mb compact flash card connected as an ide hard drive. It doesnt really boot any quicker than a standard hard drive. The IDE interface is the limiting factor these days, not the drive speed.
    That isn't true at all. Some modern drives can run at burst rates up to about 50MB/s, which is half the speed of ATA100. Most of those rates are when it just has to read a contiguous section of the disk, which is not what is happening on boot up. Many people here are using notebook HDs, which are even slower.

    Going to a flash based disk is a huge speed boost, though you have to worry about things like the limited number of write cycles allowed (100,000), so you would probably need a normal HD for window's swap space.

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    Originally posted by az1324
    so which would boot faster? an ide flash drive or a firewire hard drive? or is the firewire still limited by ide ?
    Most "firewire" drives are actually IDE disks with a firewire converter. So at best, they would perform the same as an IDE drive alone. The one advantage they have is that firewire requires much less CPU time than IDE, so if you have a slow machine (with firewire, which doesn't seem likely) you might see some speed benefits to firewire.

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    Originally posted by Twostep
    ...so if you have a slow machine (with firewire, which doesn't seem likely)...

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    How would firewire take less cpu time than ide? I was under the impression ATA overhead is lower than firewire (firewire is more concious of error correction than ATA).

    I would definately think compactflash would be fastest as long as it's rated for higher speeds. CF card speeds can vary by a factor of over 16 times.

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