linux os off USB or HDD ?
I am planning to have a small system as a always-on media server at home..
What I am planning to do is have a linux distro on a old netbook, install a few programms and scripts that will serve uPNP media, run transmission for torrents and use one of the USB ports for a HDD for NAS and run a proxy server and SSH tunnel.
So the question I have is.. is it better to install the OS on flash drive and use the built in HDD as a NAS drive? the reason i am asking is.. if the server is going to be always on.. wouldnt this kill my built in HDD? With transmission serving and downloading and checking, SSH taking in traffic, uPNP inotifying... the HDD would be constantly spinning right?
So insted if I boot the system from a flash and keep a copy of the flash.. worse case, when the flash dies.. I just use a new one.. 4-8GB flash drives are pretty cheap these days...
Any suggestions? is this even possible? Do I need to not worry about my built in HDD constantly spinning?