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Date:      Sat, 25 Apr 2020 11:01:24 -0700
From:      David Christensen <dpchrist@holgerdanske.com>
To:        freebsd-questions@freebsd.org
Subject:   Re: FreeBSD live USB stick
Message-ID:  <d0d02464-c122-46e3-d052-a67eac129222@holgerdanske.com>
In-Reply-To: <4ccdd6e57db9817c48ff492cb82361ebe820cf86.camel@rocketmail.com>
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On 2020-04-25 08:03, Ralf Mardorf via freebsd-questions wrote:
> Hi,
> 
> I want to have FreeBSD on a 32 GB USB 3.0 stick. Since I'm an openbox
> user NomadBSD [1] looks promising to me. Any opinions or hints?
> 
> Regards,
> Ralf
> 
> [1] https://nomadbsd.org/handbook/handbook.html#intro

I have installed FreeBSD onto SanDisk Ultra Fit 16 GB USB 3.0 flash 
drives.  I like these for their compact form factor, which reduces the 
chance of mechanical damage to the drive and/or port/ motherboard. 
However, they run hot, they are not a good choice for high-endurance 
applications (I cooked a 128 GB model using it for Time Machine backups 
in a MacBook Pro), and write performance is an obvious limitation when 
running a graphical desktop.  I have experienced problems with both 
FreeBSD and Linux when using these drives in USB 3.0 ports, but not with 
USB 2.0 ports.


David



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