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Disk I/O Tuning

Chapter 3: Optimizing Disk Interface Performance

Each of the disk interfaces we have discussed in chapter 2 is optimized in a different manner.  In some cases, there may be little or nothing you can do to adjust how the interface is used by your system, in others, you may have almost complete control.  For example, the ATA interface can be adjusted in Linux using the hdparm command.  While in Windows, you may have little or no ability to adjust the ATA interface.  Let's begin with the ATA interface.

Optimizing ATA Performance

Generally speaking, if you are dealing with ATA disks you will be using a Windows 2000 server or a Linux server.  You will probably have a maximum of 4 internal IDE/ATA drives with the operating system and software occupying one of the drives.  Hopefully, the swap area will be spread over several drives, as will the database (unless the ATA drives have been RAIDed).

The above text is an excerpt from:

Oracle Disk I/O Tuning
Disk IO Performance & Optimization for Oracle Databases



by Mike Ault

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