Saturday, October 21, 2006

hdparm - speed up your IDE disk

Still using those IDE hard disks ;-) ?

hdparm is a utility that lets you speed up your disk speed by optimizing certain IDE parameters.

hdparm should come installed with your distribution

First, execute

hdparm -tT /dev/hda

to check the disk speeds

Now, execute

hdparm -d1 -c1 -m16 /dev/hda

which basically enables DMA, IO Support & maximum number of disk sectors per single request

Execute the speed check and you will most probably notice significant increase in the speed.

hdparm -tT /dev/hda

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