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Re: [vox] Why Linux FS doesn't need defragmenting
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Re: [vox] Why Linux FS doesn't need defragmenting



On Saturday 19 August 2006 11:36 pm, Bill Kendrick nbs-at-sonic.net |lugod| 
wrote:
> On Sun, Sep 10, 2006 at 10:07:39PM -0700, Jimbo wrote:
> > Anyways...Why is it that this type of storage device is still used? 
> > Seems crude in that we have gone a long ways with electronics.  Couldn't
> > they just use some sort of electronic device?  It would seem that a large
> > ic chip like device could be able to be read and rewrote with ease.
>
> We do have these.  See: Compact Flash and USB keychain disks, for example.
>
> However, it's currently still much cheaper to squeeze data onto magnetic
> tape than it is to place it in flash memory, so the uses for these devices
> is still mostly limited to digital cameras, MP3 players (though note that
> iPods typically use mini hard drives), PDAs, and embedded systems such as
> routers.  Also, Linux thin client systems can be booted off of flash,
> rather than floppy or hard disk.
>
> I can easily get a 300GB hard drive for ~$200-300.

If you spend that much you're getting ripped off.  A 300GB Seagate Barracuda 
drive can be had for just over $100, or on the high end, $350 for a 750GB 
drive. 

> 300GB worth of Compact Flash drives would cost about 40x that much.
> (Just quick glance at amazon.com for a 1GB CompactFlash card.)

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