Bugger all effective difference.
The CF card looks like a HDD to the BIOS/OS so theres no real difference
other than the size.
I use an 8 Mb CF card (which was free cos its uselessly small for a camera)
inside an IDE/CF adapter ($30 NZ) and it works fine. A hard drive would be
at least hundreds of Mb, mostly unused.
A HDD is also noisier and more liable to fail on you (but still more
reliable than a floppy and CDROM)
I recall that m0n0wall runs entirely from ram, so after loading theres no
disk access beyond updating the config.xml file when you make a change.
From: kagaku [mailto:kagaku at gmail dot com]
Sent: Wednesday, 24 November 2004 10:58 a.m.
To: m0n0wall at lists dot m0n0 dot ch
Subject: [m0n0wall] CF vs Hard disk
Compared to a hard drive, how is the performance of m0n0wall when running
off a CF card attached to an IDE adapter? I'm currently using a hard drive
for m0n0wall, but it's dying (click of death, yay..), and I'm considering
buying a CF IDE adapter since I already have a few CF cards laying around.
Power going out often is an issue, how are boot times compared to a hard
drive? Also, how responsive is the web interface?