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Re: [opensuse] remove usb disk
  • From: Hans van der Merwe <hvdmerwe@xxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • Date: Fri, 12 Jan 2007 08:22:49 +0200
  • Message-id: <1168582969.25780.0.camel@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx>

On Thu, 2007-01-11 at 17:52 -0800, Joseph Loo wrote:
> James Knott wrote:
> > Primm wrote:
> >
> >> Hi everyone
> >>
> >> Under KDE in 10.2 I can 'safely remove' a disk by right clicking upon its
> >> icon. Is there a command line version to do the same? In any case what does
> >> it actually do? Can't I just pull the plug and walk away with it?
> >>
> >>
> >>
> >
> > First, that's only a concern if you've written to it. Also, it's safe,
> > if it's been a long time after writing to it.
> >
> >
> Generally, under SUSE 10, the USB stick is mounted with sync. You can
> just pull it out once the write has been completed. It is also the
> reason, writing to the USB stick, is so slow and possibly reducing the
> life of the USB stick. This is caused by sync updating the FAT table all
> the time. Since the number of writes are limited to the number times,
> you could psosibly wear out the FAT area.

This is apparently only true for FAT16, not FAT32 en EXT.



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