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>  > Unfortunately, things didn't change on my first disk (IBM 7200rpm
>> @home). I'm still getting low numbers, check the vmstat output at the
>> end of the email.
>>
>> But, now I found something interesting, other two disk which are on
>> the standard IDE controller work correctly (writing is at 17-22
>> MB/sec). The disk which doesn't work well is on the HPT366 interface,
>> so that may be our culprit. Now I got the idea to check patches
> > retrogradely to see where it started behaving poorely.

>This really reminds me of a problem I once had with a hard drive of
>mine. It would usually go at 15-20MB/sec, but sometimes (under both
>Linux and Windows) would slow down to maybe 350KB/sec. The slowdown, or
>lack thereof, did seem to depend on the alignment of the stars. I lived
>with it for a number of months, then started getting intermittent I/O
>errors as well, as if the drive had bad sectors on disk.
>
>The problem turned out to be insufficient ventilation for the controller
>board on the bottom of the drive

As an extra datapoint, my IBM Deskstar 60GXP's (40Gb version) runs
slightly slower with writing than with reading. This is on a VIA
686a controller, UDMA/66 active. The drive also has plenty of air
around it, being in a 5.25" bracket with fans in front.

Writing 1GB from /dev/zero takes 34.27s = 29.88MB/sec, 19% CPU
Reading 1GB from test file takes 29.64s = 34.58MB/sec, 18% CPU

Hmm, that's almost as fast as the 10000rpm Ultrastar sited just above
it, but with higher CPU usage. Ultrastar gets 36MB/sec on reading
with hdparm, haven't tested write performance due to probable
fragmentation.

Both tests conducted using 'dd bs=1k' on my 1GHz Athlon with 256Mb
RAM. Test file is on a freshly-created ext2 filesystem starting at
10Gb into the 40Gb drive (knowing IBM's recent trend, this'll still
be fairly close to the outer rim). Write test includes a sync at the
end. Kernel is Linus 2.4.9, no relevant patches.

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