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 From:  "Wayne Fiori" <dev9null at gmail dot com>
 To:  m0n0wall at lists dot m0n0 dot ch
 Subject:  Re: [m0n0wall] Using a USB Stick
 Date:  Mon, 4 Dec 2006 17:07:59 -0800
On 12/4/06, Simon Buob <simon dot buob at lan dot ch> wrote:
> interesting Statement.
> Is this a personally experience or are there some serious Sources?
> back to the question. Somte weeks ago there was a post regarding this.
> Searching the archive would give you an answer soon.
> Simon
> -----Original Message-----
> From: Wayne Fiori [mailto:dev9null at gmail dot com]
> Sent: Monday, December 04, 2006 10:46 PM
> To: m0n0wall at lists dot m0n0 dot ch
> Subject: Re: [m0n0wall] Using a USB Stick
> On 12/4/06, Kulvir Bhogal <bickybhogal at yahoo dot com> wrote:
> >
> > I am running m0n0wall using a CD-Rom+Floppy.
> > I am curious to know if rather than a floppy I can use a USB stick as
> I know the floppy might eventually die on me.
> >
> FWIW, Floppy disks and USB 'sticks' have approximately the same number
> of write events before failure.

Search on MTBF for the media either floppy or solid state and it
should be approximately one million writes. Of course other factors
may shorten the life of the flexible floppy disk media, but this is
the rule-of-thumb for typical manufacture specs.