Originally Posted by cascade9
Running a LiveCD will 'stress' the system just as much as running from an install to the HDD...in the worst case scenario.
In most cases, running from an install to the HDD will use less CPU power, less RAM, etc. than running from a liveCD/DVD.
BTW, any system that will run a current linux distro is capable of dealing with data at much higher speeds than CD/DVD drives can read it.
Wow, this is new to me. I thought that since all the data on a live CD/DVD is coming off the disk, the only hardware that is "stressed" is the DVD drive. But from what you're saying, it sounds like it's pretty much the opposite.
Thanks for the "redirection!"