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Speed up your IDE/ATA hard drive with hdparm

Oct 09, 2009, 04:32 (1 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Jack Wallen)

"NOTE: hdparm does NOT work with SATA drives. The hdparm tool is a command line only tool, and even though it should be only used by those who know their systems well, it’s not terribly difficult to use.

"But why would you want to speed up your drive when modern drives are already fast enough? Some Linux installations default to slower defaults which, effectively, slow down your drives. Of course using such a tool must come with a warning. WARNING: Using hdparm incorrectly could cause corruption of data."

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