Linux on the Nokia 770 Internet Tablet (O'ReillyNet)
Posted Jul 27, 2006 8:31 UTC (Thu) by ekj
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If you swap to a 1GB card, *constantly* with a rate of oh, say 5MB/s then you'll have written once to the entire card every 200 seconds.
It'll take 200*100.000 seconds before you've written 100.000 times to any sector (assuming the wear-leveling routines are perfect, which ougth to be only a few percent away from true)
That is a 250 days of 24*7*365 round-the-clock swapping.
For most usage-scenarios, flash-wearout is a non-issue.
These devices *wont* typically be used 365 days a year, 24 hours a day. More like 250 days a year, 3 hours a day. (even that is very heavy use, more than the average laptop sees) in which case the flash would survive 7.5 *years*.
And even that assumes that it's *constantly* swapping at 5MB/s, which is obviously nonsense.
I find it very unlikely that you'd ever manage to wear out a 1GB flash in any setting outside of round-the-clock stress-testing for several YEARS.
And even if, buying a twice as large flash-chip will ensure it lasts twice as long.
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