Support LQ: Use code LQ3 and save $3 on Domain Registration
Go Back > Forums > Linux Forums > Linux - Hardware
User Name
Linux - Hardware This forum is for Hardware issues.
Having trouble installing a piece of hardware? Want to know if that peripheral is compatible with Linux?


LinkBack Search this Thread
Old 03-03-2013, 12:47 AM   #1
Registered: Sep 2012
Posts: 373

Rep: Reputation: 0
Using flash drives in lieu of hdd

I am considering using flash drives for multiple OSs on my platform. I learned that SMART (Slackware 13.37) can be configured to warn when a drive is getting flacky and do error counts (knew that). This would allow me to throw in a replacement.
I recently discovered had experience with SanDisk 16GB and found that the manufacturer knew about a problem and did/has not found a fix, i.e. writing 4GB files to it will permanently make it read only and my experience was that on successive boots it would be registered or not.
Is there someplace where I can learn if a particular SSD is capable of the error count and demise warning? I presume some are in HCL but I have not found it to contain the info I am looking for let alone known problems.
Old 03-03-2013, 07:17 PM   #2
Registered: Aug 2002
Posts: 11,531

Rep: Reputation: 674Reputation: 674Reputation: 674Reputation: 674Reputation: 674Reputation: 674
SMART functionality depends on the bridge chip and not all USB drives are supported. I do not think that flash drives are smart enough.

FWIW SSDs do support SMART and have an indicator of %life remaining.
Old 03-04-2013, 03:57 AM   #3
Registered: Sep 2012
Posts: 373

Original Poster
Rep: Reputation: 0
Using flash drives in lieu of hdd

Would you mind posting how U set up your smart.conf file for %life?
Old 03-05-2013, 04:51 PM   #4
Registered: Mar 2008
Posts: 10,246

Rep: Reputation: 1255Reputation: 1255Reputation: 1255Reputation: 1255Reputation: 1255Reputation: 1255Reputation: 1255Reputation: 1255Reputation: 1255
Do you mean to use sd/mmc/cf cards or do you mean usb flash?
Old 03-06-2013, 03:52 PM   #5
Registered: Sep 2012
Posts: 373

Original Poster
Rep: Reputation: 0
Sorry Jefro, USB Flash Drive. The SanDisk Cruzer 16GB I got did not provide much info when I tried the smartmontools. I did not reformat it so that may be why but don't think so from what I've read. That FD is SOL cuz if written with 4GB file it goes permanently read only since 2011. Taking it back.


Thread Tools Search this Thread
Search this Thread:

Advanced Search

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is Off
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are Off
Pingbacks are On
Refbacks are Off

Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
Is there a DVD that can read usb flash drives/external HDD? swalker23 General 2 11-21-2008 10:58 PM
SATA HDD drives recognised as hd? and not sd? ddonoghue Linux - Hardware 5 07-30-2008 09:45 PM
Formatting Flash drives / thumb drives lawrence_lee_lee Linux - Software 3 06-12-2008 02:28 AM
hdd problem with sata drives LinuxGuru707 Linux - Hardware 10 09-25-2007 11:38 PM
cant find other drives(hdd) other then linux one in fedora3 jaideep Fedora 4 12-14-2004 11:07 AM

All times are GMT -5. The time now is 08:07 PM.

Main Menu
Write for LQ is looking for people interested in writing Editorials, Articles, Reviews, and more. If you'd like to contribute content, let us know.
Main Menu
RSS1  Latest Threads
RSS1  LQ News
Twitter: @linuxquestions @linuxquestions
Facebook: linuxquestions Google+: linuxquestions
Open Source Consulting | Domain Registration