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Offline dalek

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« on: October 27, 2003, 01:43:40 PM »
You can test you drive's overall system performance by going into a console and typing in this command:

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hdparm -Tt /dev/hdX
Replace the 'X' with a or b depending on which you want to test.

Post your results here.

Mine is:

    [root@smoker dale]# hdparm -Tt /dev/hda

    /dev/hda:
     Timing buffer-cache reads:   1436 MB in  2.00 seconds = 718.00 MB/sec
     Timing buffered disk reads:   92 MB in  3.04 seconds =  30.26 MB/sec
    [root@smoker dale]#
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    That's straight out of the box.  They can be tweaked to.  I'll post that later.

    What do you get?

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    Offline anti_microsoft

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    « Reply #1 on: November 14, 2003, 12:31:07 AM »
    Man mine is slooooow.

    /dev/hda:
    Timing buffer-cache reads:   128 MB in 1.17 seconds=109.40 MB/sec
    Timing buffered disk reads:  64 MB in 6.37 seconds=10.05 MB/sec


    Man that is lousy!

    Offline dalek

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    « Reply #2 on: November 14, 2003, 03:56:06 AM »
    What kind of turtle, I mean hard drive, do you have in there?   :lol:

    What a bummer.

     :D  :D  :D  :D

    Offline Deepthi

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    « Reply #3 on: November 14, 2003, 10:17:48 PM »
    hi ............i tried that command. the results are as follows

    bash: hdparm: command not found

    what's the interpretation??? :)

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    « Reply #4 on: November 15, 2003, 12:25:17 AM »
    It appears to not be installed.  What distro are you using?  I have never seen that before.  Mine is installed by default in Mandrake 9.1.  I will check Gentoo the next time I'm booted into it.

    Look on the CDs you installed from, it may be in there.

    Strange

     :?  :D  :D

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    « Reply #5 on: November 15, 2003, 02:02:01 AM »
    Hello all,

    Dalek I have a quantum bigfoot 8.0 gig. And you are right it is a turtle. It came out of my mothers compaq, she wanted something bigger so I said I will take the bigfoot. I would imagine it might have something to do with my settings or something.

    Oh well I guess it works.  :?

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    « Reply #6 on: November 15, 2003, 02:28:24 AM »
    Link

    http://www.linuxgazette.com/issue79/punk.html

    Word of warning.  Most new drives can handle those settings.  Some drives can not though.  Be careful what you change.  You can lose your data or mess up your drive.

    Hope that helps though.  may turn that turtle into a 'hare'.    :lol:  :lol:

    Later

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    « Reply #7 on: November 15, 2003, 07:59:18 AM »
    Hello

    Thanks for the link but it did not work for me :( . Here are the results after the tweaks:

    bash-2.05b# hdparm -Tt /dev/hda
     
    /dev/hda:
     Timing buffer-cache reads:   128 MB in  1.13 seconds =113.27 MB/sec
     Timing buffered disk reads:  64 MB in  6.56 seconds =  9.76 MB/sec


    Still really slow. Well thanks for trying to help my turtle.

    Offline dalek

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    « Reply #8 on: November 15, 2003, 11:35:49 AM »
    May be the fastest it can go.  May be a mobo or hard drive or perhaps a yuky cable.  

    Maybe you can do like me, build your own from scratch.  You know what you are getting then.

    Later

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    « Reply #9 on: November 15, 2003, 08:03:22 PM »
    Hi Deepthi
    the reason that ur system could not fing hdparm command is that it is in the directory /sbin and if u r not usin root as ur login then u may not find it. This is beacause in user accounts /sbin is not in the search directory. Try giving the whole command or login from root. Donot even take root as 'su' even then ull be needing to give the whole command

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    « Reply #10 on: November 20, 2003, 10:57:21 AM »
    /dev/hda:

    Timing buffer-cache reads : 128 MB in 1.22 seconds = 105.03 MB/sec
    Timing buffered disk reads:  64  MB in 2.90 seconds = 22.04 MB/sec

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    « Reply #11 on: November 22, 2003, 01:07:02 PM »
    /dev/hda:
     Timing buffer-cache reads:   128 MB in  0.30 seconds =426.67 MB/sec
     Timing buffered disk reads:  64 MB in  2.32 seconds = 27.59 MB/sec

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    « Reply #12 on: November 24, 2003, 05:37:57 PM »
    /dev/hda:
     Timing buffer-cache reads:   128 MB in  1.31 seconds = 97.71 MB/sec
     Timing buffered disk reads:  64 MB in  1.82 seconds = 35.16 MB/se

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    « Reply #13 on: December 07, 2003, 05:37:50 AM »
    I got a new Western Digital 80GB hard drive.  Here is the new readings:

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    bash-2.05b# hdparm -Tt /dev/hda

    /dev/hda:
     Timing buffer-cache reads:   1060 MB in  2.01 seconds = 528.23 MB/sec
     Timing buffered disk reads:  130 MB in  3.03 seconds =  42.88 MB/sec
    bash-2.05b#

    Not to bad.  I guess the Western Digital is faster.

    Later

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    « Reply #14 on: December 07, 2003, 07:16:12 AM »
    Being a 80 gb disk.. it is fast enough...