Tuning up your hard disks using hdparm.
"I'm writing this mini-how-to to help people get more from their system. People often
complain that Linux is a bit slow for them (which it can be) I haven't seen such
a post recently, but I know on TechIMO at least we always used to be talking
people through using hdparm. As ever, you do all this at your own risk - nothing should go wrong, but it's your fault and not mine if it does. hdparm can be used on a running system. It doesn't require filesystems on the disk to be unmounted in order to work, so you can play with it all you want. Some settings like -Y will require a hard reboot to get the disk back - use with caution.
(Submitted by Noel Sun Aug 29, 2004 )
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