I've got a laptop that has a broken harddisk controller. Replacing the motherboard is quite expensive. I thought about buying a flash drive and installing & running the system from it.
However, I'm concerned about some things.
Speed: Are they fast enough for swap memory (I've got only 1GB RAM installed.)
I'm considering buying 2 or 3 of them and making them into a RAID.
What about limited write cycles? How long will it last for a system that has a filesystem with journaling enabled? I'd hate to abandon it.
Are there significant differences between internal SSD which are used in modern laptops like MacBooks and USB flash drives?
What should I expect in 10 years when the memory wear starts kicking in?