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    moving xp bootfiles

    Hey guys,
    Im trying to make my carpc boot faster. I was thinking that i may be able to move the primary xp boot files (used to boot the system) to a CF card, because i have read CF cards are much faster than HDDs. Does anyone how to edit the OS to boot the file from the CF card. NOTE i dont want to move the whole OS to the CF card.
    Appreciate anyones comments.

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    It is a myth that CF cards are faster than hard drives.
    They do however have lower access times, so sometimes
    they can boot faster than harddrives, when set up properly.
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    Ok then, so any tips on optimizing a CF card for faster access times??
    And when optimized, how much faster is it compared to a standard 7200rpm hdd?

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    My own tests with CF have yielded boot times somewhere between that of a 5400 rpm drive and a 7200 rpm drive.

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    The main problem I have heard about with booting from a CF card, is that they have a rewite limit a lot lower than that of a regular hard drive, windows is constantly writing and erasing data on the hard drive (swap file, access logs, etc.) which means it will not last more than a few months as a primary drive, if that long.
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    CF cards have a much lower throughput then a hard drive. 16MBps as opposed to 100MBps of an ATA100 drive. However, they have no seek times, as opposed to 10 to 12 miliseconds of a IDE hard drive. I have long maintained that CF cards will not help you boot any faster, and I've yet to see any proof to the contrary.
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    Quote Originally Posted by fluffy2097
    16MBps as opposed to 100MBps of an ATA100 drive.
    I do not want to start another damn flamewar but I am in doubt there is a harddrive that can even aproximate to 100 mbit transfer on ATA100 interface. Possibly, if you would only consider data from HDDs cache, you might get close to this number. Otherwise I would say you will not exceed 50 MBps, even using benchmark systems (reading large continous data block at once). In real word... even worse and seek time only plays minor role on this.

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