Just a tip for backing up netier windows NT or any kind from DOC:
msys has a utility for reading the whole image from DOC and dumpping to a file.
you don't need norton ghost.
for how long the DOC can sustain of reading/writing: I read the DOC 2000 tech PDF file, it states that will sustain millions of writing. Comparing with Compact Flash or Multimedia Flash with DOC 2000, the DOC is much better in life time.
I have webplayers , installed with Linux (starting from scartch to build the small Linux Filesystem)and has set swap file in the DOC (around 4MB swap file), and still using right now. The DOC doesn't show any wears.
In win98, better disable swap file, cause if wins senses a low memory, it will use swap file, and it really slow down the system, if the swap file is small.
In original XL-1000 windowsNT embedded, there is no swapfile, only has one small partion for storing inf/configuration, and virtual disk (for caching temp file) :) as I know and read from somebody posting in this thread :)).
so far that I know guys....