archiving data, was RE: Media Longitevity/Care

Scott Stevens chenmel at
Mon Mar 21 07:53:03 CST 2005

On Sun, 20 Mar 2005 12:51:13 -0500
Ethan Dicks <ethan.dicks at> wrote:

> On Sun, 20 Mar 2005 09:47:36 +0000, jpero at
> <jpero at> wrote:
> > Try to make adapter to convert from one interface to IDE interface
> > and use CF card.  Smallest is 8MB all the way to 8GB and price is
> > good on 1GB and below.  If one knows well with SD stuff, great!
> Flash isn't a perfect replacement for rotating magnetic media for any
> OS that has a swap partition... 

Well, depending on the age of the hardware, it might be best to just
replace the 'swap' partition/area of the hard drive being emulated with
modern, cheap DRAM memory.  The swap area doesn't have to be
non-volatile, after all.

This depends, of course, on it being possible to specify where swap is
located, and not to just blindly use a flash drive as a plug-in HD


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