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Authored by: charlietuna on Jan 18, '02 06:53:21PM

i read on macslash that the ipod's hard drive can't stand up to this sort of abuse for very long. there the suggestion was to use the ipod as a boot disk, but certainly for some operations, just keeping your home directory on it could strain it.



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Authored by: serversurfer on Jan 18, '02 07:51:44PM
This should not be an issue. You will only be accessing the drive occasionally (for preferences, data files, etc.) This is considerably less activity than your system disk will see. Besides, I think the HD in the iPod is rated for the same number of hours as a "regular" HD and playing MP3s reads continuously from the disk for hours (Apples touts 10 hours of continuous playback on the battery.)

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Authored by: srcleaves on Jan 18, '02 08:38:59PM

Actually when playing music the drive isn't active all that much, it spins up to feed the buffer then spins down again until it is necessary to read more music data. The iPod gets it long battery life from the fact that the drive isn't in use very much. I would still hope that the drive has a reasonable ability to run without burning out, but I would also guess that when used in this fashion it could spin down when not in use? Does mounting it on the desktop prevent that? Doesn't seem like it should.



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Authored by: hellmachine on Jan 22, '02 04:30:31AM

like serversurfer said it should be no issue because in your userfolder are mostly small files which loads into host-ram while login or prefs changing. nothing bigger than an 32 mb mp3 file. the real stuff runs on the host system/library where the ipod is plugged in.



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