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    A Tight fit.

    Ok guys, I am installing software on my system, and ran into trouble. I boot 98 lite from a 256mb Flashdrive (FAST boot time) and have a secondary 13gb for storage to hold mp3s and program files (winamp and power dvd).

    I intended on using streets and trips 2002, but realized it REQUIRES internet explorer. I cant afford the kind of space it needs (I have about 70mb free on the flash drive).

    My question is if there is a mapping software with a small program footprint (map data will be on the second large hard drive). I dont want lots of dll's and junk loading onto the boot drive. Know of any?

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    sorry a little offtopic... But what did you do about writing to the compact flash? You have a limited number of write cycles so did you just move the swap (or disable it) to the data drive? Just curious how fast is "FAST".. I just bought a compact flash -> IDE adapter and was going to slap a small linux distro on it.. but if 98 lite will fit (and not destroy the CF card with writes) then that would nice to know.
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    I've got win95 stripped down on a 64MB flash, no disabled virtual memory, and it's been going strong for nearly two years! I can't see a problem with it. ps my boot time with this same setup on a c3 epia is 12 sec from power on!

    They are very fast.

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    re:flashdrive

    note that this isnt a camera flash card.. this is a Sandisk Flashdrive 2.5" IDE. I imagine on some level it is more suited to this kind of purpose. I really don't know how long it will last, but I damn well hope to never find out =P

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    Re: re:flashdrive

    Originally posted by lburton
    note that this isnt a camera flash card.. this is a Sandisk Flashdrive 2.5" IDE. I imagine on some level it is more suited to this kind of purpose. I really don't know how long it will last, but I damn well hope to never find out =P
    MTBF of >1,000,000 hours - nice...

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    The sandisk flashdrives, by the sheer nature of them being flash memory, still have a limited write/erase cycle. I almost bought one on ebay before I learned of it, as it took a good bit of diging to find the lifespan of the drive.
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    Originally posted by MP3DUB
    The sandisk flashdrives, by the sheer nature of them being flash memory, still have a limited write/erase cycle. I almost bought one on ebay before I learned of it, as it took a good bit of diging to find the lifespan of the drive.
    Wouldn't a (insert Dr Evil voice here) million hours be enough?

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    Info on a specific HD for failure:


    Reliability
    Mean Time Before Failure: 5 year
    Non-Recoverable Errors: 1 per 10^14
    Start / Stop Cycles: 50,000

    From:
    Spec sheet

    5 years * 365 * 24 = 43,800 for full time use five years
    5 years * 2080 = 10,400 for 40 hrs a week usage in five years

    there are other ways to look at the numbers and

    I have only had one real HD failure at a physical level ;-)

    so I gotta belive

    quoted : MTBF of >1,000,000 hours - nice...

    is plenty. besides the start/stop cycles from the HD spec sheet says 50,000 for a count.

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    re:tight fit

    Yes, they are quite nice, but a little cramped if you have a small drive like mine. Which kinda brings me back to the original point, anyone know of mapping software that doesnt use a crap load of diskspace and leaves most/all of the data on cd? If i can overcome this hurdle I could potentially have her in the car within a week.

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    correct me if iam wrong but doesn't most software ask you where you what directory and or drive you want to installt he software at? if i remember right i think you said you boot from your sandisk but have a secondary drive for files so why not install it to the secondary drive ?perhaps lack of sleep has me confused
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