Archive for June 2nd, 2010

Compact Flash as a System Drive, Revisited

Last year, I wrote about the results of my experiments using Compact Flash (CF) cards with Linux, specifically where the cards are used as system drives. The really short version: CF write performance sucks abysmally, and you’re going to be disappointed if you try to use one as a system drive. Use a microdrive instead, and you’ll actually see better overall performance.

I’ve been using my Debian system (a 1.8GHz Mini-ITX box) with a pair of CF cards as the only internal storage for close to a year now – actually, a CF card and a microdrive – and I thought perhaps it’s time to revisit that decision.
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