[E3-hacking] Mass storage on the E3

David Given dg at cowlark.com
Tue Mar 21 18:28:39 GMT 2006

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Say I want to do something real using the E3. The hardware's certainly
up to it, and the form factor is great, but as soon as I start doing
anything using serious software (such as Debian), I'm going to run out
of RAM. So, I'm going to need swap space.

Are there any alternatives to plugging in a USB1 hard disk, sharing the
single port with all my other devices?

While I have, in the past, used Sun workstations that swapped over a
10Mbps ethernet cable with roughly similar bandwidth to that USB port,
it wasn't a pleasant experience. It would be really nice to be able to
get hold of some higher-bandwidth conduit. Even just being able to
dedicate a complete USB1 port rather than having to share would be an
improvement; the boot logs say that there are three ports --- are any of
them brought out to headers on the motherboard?

Failing that, any other suggestions?

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