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6. Disk Drive Performance Hacks > Introduction: Hacks #58-67

Introduction: Hacks #58-67

While filesystem choices can have an effect on storage efficiency and performance, the hacks in this chapter address a variety of topics on getting the best raw hardware performance possible from your system board and disk drives. As with most performance-related things, lower timing values and higher clock, rotation, and data transfer speeds yield the best results.

Disk performance is ultimately measured in bytes transferred per second, which can be metered with a variety of benchmarking programs, such as SiSoft Sandra (http://www.sissoftware.net). Such programs can also tell you what the capabilities of your system board and disk drives are so you can determine if the real performance is living up to specification.


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