Treatise on Formatting FLASH Storage Devices
wmb at laptop.org
Wed Feb 4 16:20:37 EST 2009
>> > http://wiki.laptop.org/go/How_to_Damage_a_FLASH_Storage_Device
>> > Read it and weep.
> It's a great article, but people that aren't very familiar with
> filesystems and the filesystem tools are going to read the article, look
> at their tools, scratch their heads, decide the whole thing is too hard,
> and go on making the same mistakes. It would be useful if actual command
> arguments could be given for various sane defaults.
Indeed, I'd like to do that as time permits. It's sort of an open-ended
proposition though, because there are so many possibilities. Deciding
where to draw the line is tricky. And for each example, to do it right,
I'll have to write a mini-treatise on the pertinent assumptions and
For me, the hard thing about writing is finding an appropriate stopping
point - i.e. there is always more that could be said. So I tend to
avoid starting, because I know that the task will grow to fill all
available time and then some.
For starters, I wanted to lay out the issues and the theory, so at least
people start to realize that there is a possible problem. From what
I've seen, most people are currently totally unaware of it.
At least I did give one concrete recommendation - avoid reformatting if
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