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05-05-2004, 10:00 PM
I was thinking about how my Hard drive is constantly in action since BTV is always buffering timeshifting 24/7. I figure that is going to really hurt my drive's life expectancy, and im betting if the TS buffer was on a seperate drive itd really help with performance too. So what im wondering is if theres any kind of Non-disk drive like a USB flashdrive of 2gb that could achieve the necessary transfer rates? IF so itd also be nice to cut down on noise generated by an always active HDD.
05-05-2004, 10:55 PM
1) A flash drive is still limited to about 10K write cycles - with a ring buffer, you'd kill it in a couple days.
2) Its too slow
3) As merrypig suggested, a RAM drive is a MUCH better idea.
05-10-2004, 09:41 AM
I was about to point out the fact that a standard ram drive is limited to 32mb.
But I decided to google it first and found this (http://www.thetechzone.com/articles/ram_drive/).
There are also solid state drives, basically sticks of ram on a pci card, a little pricey, I believe they are $400 + the price of the memory, can't find a link right now.
Search the forums: "ramdisk" will yield a lot of information for you.
FYI: Ram disks are not limited to 32mb. That's an old limitation and isn't an issue anymore.
I use Superspeed Ramdisk XP 512mb ramdisk and it works beautifully. Speeds up livetv response also and doesn't thrash my hard disk.
05-11-2004, 12:11 PM
Back to your original post - I assume you know that 24/7 timeshifting can be turned off?
05-13-2004, 04:21 AM
I also had the same concern for my hard drive. So I decided to use a ram disk for the time shift folder. It works great. I use Ram DiskXP creating a 512mb drive.
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