Linux
Hard Disk Drives

Will booting Linux off an external hard drive shorten their lifespan?

Answer

Wiki User
09/08/2009

Booting Linux off a drive isn't any more stressful to it than normal reading and writing. If you are worried about the effects of the swapfile, you can adjust its usage. You could even disable the swapfile altogether, but this is likely to cause freezes unless you keep your memory usage down.