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What is the access time for reading flash via a built in card reader?

Would installing an OS or using a flash card for swap be faster than a hard drive?

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It is completely dependent on the interface ("built in" is not an interface), type of card, and the card's rated speed.

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is there a way to test the speed? I have a 16 gb 'netbook sdhc card', not sure what that means. – justin cress Apr 16 '11 at 21:41
The "class" of a SD card will give you the rated speed in MBps, but you can use something like Bonnie++ to get a more accurate value. – Ignacio Vazquez-Abrams Apr 16 '11 at 21:43
sweet. thanks. ALSO: just found out, the 'disk utility' in gnome does benchmarking... – justin cress Apr 16 '11 at 22:02

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