Re: Problem with Asus P4C800-DX and P4 -Northwood-

From: Erik Mouw
Date: Mon Jul 25 2005 - 16:04:09 EST

On Mon, Jul 25, 2005 at 10:38:25PM +0200, Jesper Juhl wrote:
> It's even more complex than that as far as I know, you also have the
> issue of seek times - tracks near the middle of the platter will be
> nearer the head more often (on average) then tracks at the edge.
> For people who like visuals, IBM has a nice little picture in their
> AIX performance tuning guide :

Quote from that document:

"Data is more dense as it moves toward the center, resulting in less
physical movement of the head. This results in faster overall

This is not true. The whole idea of different recording zones with
different sectors/track is to keep the overall data density (in
bits/square mm) more or less constant.

I'd say it's even the other way around from what IBM pictures: there
are more sectors/track in outer zones, so that means there is simply
more data in the outer zones. If you want less physical movement of the
head, you should make sure the data is in the zone(s) with the largest
number of sectors/track.


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