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SubjectSystem Locks Temporarily When Untarring Large Files
Forgot to mention.

Type of Drive:
The hard drive is a 40GB IBM-DTLA-305040.

Speed of Drive:
When many apps are open I get:
Timing buffered disk reads: 64 MB in 2.55 seconds = 25.10 MB/sec
When I am in single user mode, I get 29.50MB/s.

Drive Information:
# hdparm -v /dev/hda

/dev/hda:
multcount = 16 (on)
I/O support = 1 (32-bit)
unmaskirq = 1 (on)
using_dma = 1 (on)
keepsettings = 0 (off)
nowerr = 0 (off)
readonly = 0 (off)
readahead = 8 (on)
geometry = 5005/255/63, sectors = 80418240, start = 0


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