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    rob, just out of interest, do you have any compression on your zipped os?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Red GTi VR6 View Post
    but I don't want a whizzer! it would be awful messy in the car


    hehe.. I guess!

    nice thing about this EWF setup is also that you don't even need a proper shutdown. just cut the power, like a normal stereo.

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    Quote Originally Posted by sama View Post
    rob, just out of interest, do you have any compression on your zipped os?
    Yes, zipped it is about 22Mb, unzipped it is 48Mb. Standard winzip 9 maximum (portable) compression. My HowTo is on DC.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Rob Withey View Post
    an 8Gb 1.8" compact flash 2 hard drive for media.
    Correction: My 8Gb media drive is a 1" drive, not a 1.8" drive. 1.8" would be far too big.
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    cool.

    I'm wondering if a similar thing can be done with an entire partition. so on boot, a partition is written to the ram drive, and the ram drive would boot from that.

    theoritcally it seems possible, but not sure that tools to do it exist.

    did anything in your searches touch on that?

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    Zip up the contents of the whole partition? A partition is just a place to put stuff.
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    I was thinking that windows xp can be done this way, but it would mean getting a modified NTLDR to kick off, once it's in the RAM drive.

    I've just done some searching, and can see that XP can be booted from CD using BartPE. so it is possible, but thinking about it some more, this is not such a good solution since the partion would be around 300mb or so. I guess that's why you opted to use 98 and not XP.

    perhaps copying the zip from a DVD would be better? a 16x DVD reader can read at around 21mb/sec. it'll take a few seconds to spin up to that speed of course.

    I'm just thinking out aloud here!

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    Copying from DVD would be better than what? And how? Moving parts? Large size? Increased power consumption? My DOM is specced for 15Mb/s, that's good enough for me.

    And as you say, DVDs take a while to spin up.
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    yeah, true!

    perhaps waiting/paying more for some faster DOM/CF cards is the best thing to do.

    I got 22 seconds recently, but after some changes I've recently done, like drivers, network services etc, it's gone to 35 seconds. I think I can redcuce that a little, but what I'd really love to see, is my pc boot in 10 seconds from start. then it will be more or less like a car stereo.

    how much was the sandisk iv again

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    I haven't had much luck finding IVs to purchase....perhaps I'm not looking at the right places?
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