On Thu, 31 May 2001, Dave Hodgkinson wrote:
> Paul Makepeace <[EMAIL PROTECTED]> writes:
> > I'm trying to duplicate an FS from an oldish 5,400rpm 6GB IDE drive to a new
> > 7,200rpm 61GB IDE drive using the usual cp -ax / /mnt. But it's
> > unbelievably slow -- vmstat 2 is reporting bi/bo around 300!
> What does hdparm have to say?

good point ... many/most linux distros come with all the bells and
whistles for quick HD access turned to 'off'  .. I tripled the transfer
rate on my slaptop by turning DMA and other stuff on ... and it didn;t
explode like the manpage said it might.

another tip is to mount the two IDE devices on seperate controllers ..
seems to improve things sometimes.

Robin Szemeti                       
Redpoint Consulting Limited
Real Solutions For A Virtual World 

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