Re: Hard disk speed - Maybe OT
- From: Will Honea <whonea@xxxxxxxxx>
- Date: Wed, 16 Jul 2008 12:43:58 -0600
Bob Bob wrote:
Okay thanks for that, something I didnt know!
I am mostly manipulating 80-100KByte files so I guess that qualifies as
I note there is disk elevator adjustment that I may look at. (ie wait
for a list of read and writes to gather before making the heads move and
OBTW already using a RAM disk for preprocessing.
With 256Mb RAM, I'm surprised that it will stagger along even without the
RAM disk! Note that you have 2x RAM in swap - your only solution is going
to HAVE to include more RAM - you're putting 15 pounds of crap into a 5
pound bag so you can bet that you are spending more time swapping in/out
than actually processing anything.
Depending on your mb, you look to need at least 1GB RAM to gain any real
performance. Before you run out an buy Ram, check the mb specs and see
what it will support. Many of the old PIII boards don't support 512/1024MB
Ram sticks - I have a couple of Dell GX boxes that won't deal with more
than 256Mb sticks for a total possible 512Mb max. Also watch the
spped/voltage spec of the memory if you decide to acquire more - most of
the bargain stuff now is 3.3VDC PC4300+ spec and won't like your slower bus
There really is no substitute for enough memory for the job.
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