1.2. File system

My filesystem type is ext3, mounted with the noatime option. Here is a sample of my /etc/fstab file:

/dev/sda7 / ext3 defaults,errors=remount-ro,noatime 0 1

If you have a IDE hard disk you can also try to optimize it by using hdparm. I will show you some basic tips, but you should refer to hdparm documentation to adapt it to your own hardware.

# hdparm -i /dev/hda1                                      (1)
# hdparm -I /dev/hda                                      (2)
# hdparm -c3 -m16 -d1 -A1 -X69 /dev/hda1                  (3)
# htparm -tT /dev/hda1                                    (4)
Show you a brief summary of your disk's characteristics.
Same thing than the -i option, but more verbose and better structured.
A common way for hard disk tuning.
A common for testing hard disk IO capacity.