As the price of flash memory continues to dive, the possibility exists to use a flash drive in lieu of a traditional hard disk drive (for GIG files).

My question for the techno-gurus in this formum is: Given that flash drives have a seek time of virtually zero, but have much smaller data transfer rates (e.g. 10MB/s), are flash drives suitable for storing and steaming giga sample files?

Or put another way, can we come up with a minimum data transfer rate specification ( xx MB/sec) for Giga like we have for seek time (i.e. < 9ms seek time)?

Six months ago, flash drives cost about $1000 / gigabyte. Now they\'re about $500/Gigabyte. In another year, they will be affordable.