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Is a Hard Drive necessary?

Is it possible to use a flash drive instead of a hard drive in a desk top computer? What would be the advantages/disadvantages?

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It's used with Linux

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Some of the smaller sized version of Linux (Puppy, DSL) can be installed on a flash drive. I haven't heard anyone installing a version of Windows onto a flash drive, but I would guess it's possible. I'm sure people out there with far more knowledge than me would know of more advantages/disadvantages then I have listed below.

Booting onto a flash drive is that it is MUCH slower compared to a regular hard drive.
Not all motherboards are capable of booting to a flash drive. You would have check your BIOS to find out.
You are limited in your hard drive size.

You literally have everything in your pocket.

Here is something from Tom's Hardware that talks about install Windows XP to a flash drive.


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Media needs

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If you have a need for "flash media" then use a SSD drive. which is in effect a large flash drive. if you don't then be practical use a typical HD.

Why the question, because the answer relies on that.

tada -----Willy Happy

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My thought on this would be...

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Microsoft or Apple would try to prevent it at all cost, hehe.

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