After searching here, I found no direct answer to:
Is it practical to put swap on a USB Flash drive? I do not yet know if the teeny-tiny flash drive (Fit CZ33 ) I wish to use runs at high-speed (480 Mbps), full-speed (12 Mbps), or low-speed (1.5 Mbps), but am checking w/ SanDisk.
My intent is to reduce writes on the SSD for drive longevity; if the external flashdrive fails, I throw it away and get another.
Why? Because I just changed my ThinkPad R60 9459AT8 over to a Samsung SSD after maxing out the RAM at 3GB, set up trim after repartitioning with 20% free, removed swap, set swappiness to 0 and otherwise tuned up Xubuntu 13.10 for SSD. However, since it's not practical for me to add a mechanical HDD, I'd like to move the swap over to a Flashdrive which will always stay in the left side USB2 socket, for I'dather wear out a $12 flashdrive instead of a $180 SSD.
Why? Sometimes, I lose my WiFi connection until I reboot, plus rarely see slowdown, and I'd like to see if having swap again would help. I do watch a system monitor always in a panel and never exceed 30% free memory use, but would like to have swap without putting in on the SSD.
Yea, or nay?
And, does the size of the flashdrive make any difference: 8GB, 16GB or 32GB?