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Is it okay to run my system off a flash drive?

I've been running my main system off a Linux persistent LiveCD flash drive for a couple months. The drive has a 2 GiB fat32 boot partition, and a 12.91 GiB ext2 casper-rw partition. I'm ...
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How to determine how many bytes / hr are being written to my SD card

I have a Debian embedded Linux system that uses an SD card as the RFS. What is a reliable way to determine how many bytes / hr are being written to the SD card?
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Memory display using md in u-boot

U-Boot-PetaLinux> md 0xc 0000000c: 2201c2a0 1a8441c5 90031018 52011010 ...".A.........R 0000001c: 0045c903 022c19ae 01077620 ca173dc0 ..E...,. v...=.. 0000002c: 0804e426 15dd0c12 201092c1 ...
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flash_erase & nandwrite seem to work, but uname -a shows the same kernel version

I've seen this question: How can I flash_erase mtd0? I have a similar problem with my mini2440. When I use flash_erase /dev/mtd2 0 0 and then nandwrite -p -N /dev/mtd2 uImage-mini2440 ...
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Understanding smartctl output for a CF card

I'm testing SMART support on some Compact Flash cards. After running smartctl -A on my card I'm getting the output below (also available here: http://pastebin.com/BX8GcLCX). The UPDATED column says ...
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How can I find the actual (dd) size of a flash disk?

When I put a flash disk into a card reader and make an image with dd, I see the actual size of the disk, like 512483328 bytes in the following example: 1000944+0 records in 1000944+0 records out ...
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Problem with formating Flash Disk

I have intsalled Arch Linux ISO file into Flash disk through following command : dd bs=2M if=~/archlinux-2013.11.01-dual.iso of=/dev/sdd Now, I'm trying to format flash disk with following command ...
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How can I flash_erase mtd0?

I am trying to find a way to nandwrite my mtd0 partition which contains my u-boot environment. When I try to flash_eraseall /dev/mtd0 though I get: flash_eraseall: /dev/mtd0: Permission denied ...
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Run CentOS 6 from a USB flash drive

I have a 16 GB USB flash drive that I would like to install CentOS 6 on so that I can boot into it on other computers. The reason for this is because I am going to be upgrading to VPS hosting and I ...
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What NOT to put on an SSD?

I bought an SSD and I am going to set up my desktop system with a completely fresh Linux installation. SSDs are known to be fast, but they have a disadvantage: The number of writes (per block?) is ...
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Convert .ISO to .IMG in terminal (Mac) (Linux)

I am trying to make a bootable flash drive with Linux on it for my Mac. I have Ubuntu desktop downloaded, and it is in my downloads. The instructions on the Ubuntu website tell me I need to convert ...
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Are there any tools to test MTD/JFFS2 for Linux 2.4 kernels

I have some issues with a platform I support and I suspect memory problems. I wanted to check the Flash parts using some MTD JFFS2 test tools, I found a link to a bunch on this site. However they ...
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GET flash memory type: SLC or MLC

Just for my knowledge, I would like to know whether the type of flash memory used in my pendrive is SLC or MLC. Is there a way to find it out? I googled but found nothing.
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Don't create partition schema in external devices

Is right to create a filesystem without to create a partition table in external devices non-boot? I've created directly a filesystem into a memory card (SD) and it has been mounted automatically when ...
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Where can I find storage integrity (write/read) test tools?

I am in need of tools to verify data integrity of local harddrives, usb-drives, etc. I am looking for a solution like the famous www.heise.de/download/h2testw or something that is at least common ...
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Do I need to format a CF before installing Linux?

I recently purchased an 8GB Patriot CF card, like this one . I also have a Syba CF/Sata adapter. I put these together into my mini-itx computer (connected via Sata cables, not USB) and booted an ...
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Location on disk to write a byte-flag?

I am writing an update utility for an embedded Linux device for which I am responsible. I'm creating a basic side-by-side setup, where updates are applied to a staging partition and then the ...
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Memory Stick Partially Corrupt

My memory stick has recently become partially corrupt and has slowly been getting worse. About a week ago or so I unzipped a Windows .rar archive and placed the contents unto the flash drive, I ...
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How to salvage an unreadable usb flash drive

I have a 16GB USB flash drive that somehow got corrupted to the point in which even fdisk -l can't find it (I get a one-line error message saying: "Unable to open /dev/sdc") However, it is being ...
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Which Linux file systems for USB sticks?

For Linux desktops, when Windows compatibility is not an issue, which file system is preferred for USB sticks? For example ext2, ext3, ext4, btrfs, nilfs, or even NTFS? Would journaling wear them out ...
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Embedded device: How to do raw reads and write to flash (emmc/movinand) bypassing file system cache

I have an embedded device with a flash memory running linux. I want to do raw read writes on the flash part but I also want to avoid any file system cache. How can I do this? Any pointers?
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# of reads/writes for LVM vs. “regular” partitioning?

I am going to be installing linux to a USB flash drive (an actual install, not a "live usb"). I need it to be completely portable, so I can't realistically have the high-access partitions (swap, var, ...
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format / rewrite old ide flash module

I have an old PC where the disk is a 32mb IDE flash module. BIOS boots the Flash, works good. But if I am in a Linux distro (tinycore/arch/puppy) the flash module is not recognized nor mountable. ...
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How can I low-level format flash memory in Linux?

My friend was having problems with a USB flash drive, and I suggested he do a low-level format. Then it occurred to me that I don't even know how to do that in Linux. So... how can I low-level ...
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Run entire OS from flash drive

I am looking for a distribution that can run the entire OS from a flash drive. This question is NOT about being simply able to boot and/or run OS from a USB stick: what I am looking for is a ...
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Files copied to flashdrive only on unmount

I use Debian wheezy with KDE4. Most of the time when I copy something to a flashdrive, the write does not actually take place until I unmount. This even happens with relatively large amounts of data ...
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How to tweak Linux to run reliably on flash memory?

Since flash memory only has a limited number of writes, what tweaks are necessary for installing a Linux system onto flash media so that the OS can run reliably for a long period of time? Some ...
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Connect alauda driver to an mtd device

I have a USB card reader, an Olympus MAUSB-10. It provides direct flash access to SmartMedia or xD cards, using the Linux alauda driver. This is different from a typical card reader which just ...
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Using a differencing, aka overlay, aka union, file-system with commit capability

I work in two PCs and I sync all my files from my primary PC to a USB flash memory. In my second PC, I mount the USB flash memory to the same path to work on my files as I were on my primary PC. Now ...