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SD card lifespan help

Discussion in 'Non-Emulation Help' started by saher1175, Jul 16, 2017.

  1. saher1175

    saher1175 Guest

    SD cards have a lifespan of like 10000 Read/write operations before they get corrupted and cease to function, But what if you put some files on an sd card and don't modify them in any way, Thus not doing any writing, only reading. So will that lengthen the life of the sd card?
  2. Loonylion

    Loonylion Administrator Staff Member

    lengthen is probably the wrong word I think. if you do no writes at all, its lifespan wont get any shorter, that is, it's only writes that affect the lifespan. However, not doing ANY writes at all is difficult because windows (and other OSes) will update metadata for the files on the card every time they're used. in Linux or BSD, mounting noatime,nodiratime should stop that, and mounting ro certainly will. Doing no deliberate writes will definitely help preserve it.
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