I am sorry if this has been posted already, but i was not able to get a satisfactory answer anywhere. And i've been searching for 3 days.
I got a new Asus RT-N16 and loaded it with TomatoUSB, for the sole purpose of a low power torrentbox. I enabled JFFS storage and the free space came to 23+ MB. I installed Optware and Transmission on it and the free space is still 19MB. I have attached a 500GB Portable HDD for file storage, having a single NTFS partition. I didnt create a swap partition because the RT-N16 has ample memory. The HDD also holds the .config folder for Transmission. I have also configured the WebUI and configured it for access from the internet.
The main reason why i installed it on JFFS is that it'll be permanent and it'll still be present if I remove the USB storage. But now i'm wondering if it is a wise decision. My major queries are:
1. What are the chances of Transmission wearing out the flash storage (JFFS)? What is the approximate expected life, if I am to run it 24x7?
2. If the chances are high, is it possible to prevent the wearing out by making the JFFS partition mount as read only?
3. If I mount it as read only, will transmission work properly.
4. If mounting the JFFS partition as read only will cause problems, and if i use the HDD for mounting the JFFS partition, will it cause any problems if I remove the HDD for file transfer?
I can also get a el-cheapo thumb drive for the JFFS partition, but those things tend to get heated up quickly, and will be overkill for just the JFFS partition and short on storage for torrent downloads.
I was also considering rTorrent instead of Transmission, but I read it doesn't support NTFS drives. And in this Windows-ruled world, ext3 would be virtually unreadable everywhere.
I hope I was clear enough. Please help me out here, as I am extremely worried about this.