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|Originally Published: Friday, 23 June 2000||Author: Brian Richardson|
|Published to: enhance_articles_hardware/Hardware Reviews||Page: 1/1 - [Printable]|
Mandrake 7.0 Hard Drive Optimizations
Scared of the "system may become unstable" warning tied to Mandrake's hard drive optimizations option? Wondering if the silly thing works at all? Brian takes the plunge and is happy to report the results.
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Oh God, Not Another Benchmark
Yes, Benchmark Brian is back (say that five times fast). While gauging the performance of Tyan's Trinity 400 motherboard, I wondered how much difference those Mandrake 7.0 hard drive optimizations would make. Since I had a few hours to kill, I decided to compare my last Trinity 400 benchmark to an installation of Mandrake with optimizations turned on. This is my system:
UNIX Bench 4.0.1 (index scores) No Opt. With Opt.
MandrakeUser has a nice article on optimizing hard drive performance. It describes using hdparm to improve drive performance, and some simple system configuration tips (lots of RAM, no slave drives, short cables, etc.). This article introduced me to using hdparm as a benchmark. The scores are shown below (note a more-than-slight improvement when optimizations are enabled):
hdparm -Tt /dev/hda
But UDMA/66 with hard disk optimizations should be even better. When Mandrake 7.1 comes out, we'll take that monster on.
Brian Richardson listens to a large collection of MP3z on his wireless headphones while wandering the cubicle filled hallways of AMI in Norcross, Georgia. But don't worry, none of them are by Metallica.
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