I'm trying to build a small, silent, low power HD HTPC, and am playing with the idea of not having a true HDD, but rather booting the OS and minimal applications from flash using a SATA/CF adapter (addonics makes one as well as others). This would obviously require a media server elsewhere, but that is fine with me, as I'd probably want one anyway with two or three 'clients' around the house. Has anyone had success building a HTPC with the OS booting from flash (via an SATA adapter)? If so, which OS... I think I'd like to go vista eventually (just a gut feeling) although there is a dearth of information on booting vista on anything other than a HDD. The last sources of noise would be the fans (not much noise here for a low power system) and the optical drive. The latter worries me a bit, as I'd like BD and HD-DVD capability, but the drives are noisy... is it reasonable to stream from an optical drive over Gigabit ethernet? or is creating disk images a better path?
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1/30/08 at 11:19am