On Thu, April 11, 2013 2:15 am, Florian Paul Schmidt wrote:
I have found an Install on a USB stick really really slow. Better to run
from the live ISO on a USB stick. Writes to a USB stick are about 1/8 the
speed of reads. I have used a USB drive (real hard drive) and been very
happy with it, but when I got a USB stick to install to... well try it. A
32G USB stick is $15 at Walmart these days. Mounting noatime may help
some, but I was so disappointed I didn't try. The install itself was
arduous already. I then did some research and there are faster USB sticks,
but not that much faster, maybe double write speed.
Running from a live USB of course takes up some of your memory as a ram
drive (much better performance) so there is less system ram left for
software to use. In a class situation... one needs to know how much memory
they have to begin with. Depending which live ISO you use it may be
possible to mount the windows drive for temporary use. The least intrusive
method being to drop a large file one there that can be mounted as a linux
partition (ext* file system). This can be backed up to the USB stick at
the end of the day.
Anyway, I would not agree to lead a class in this way until I had made a
USB stick up and tried it on their machines to make sure I was able to
cover the class material I intended to cover.
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