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Old 04-11-2006, 05:58 PM   #1
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Monitoring Harddrives

Is there a built Linux utility in RedHat E4.0 for monitoring the perfomance of HD's? If not, is there an opensource utility I can install? I want to see how active my HD's are when I start and utilize one particular programs. Thanks in advance for the help.

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i would look at gkrellm. You can find it on sourceforge. It will moniter harddrives swap space cpu usage etc.
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As tamoneya indicated, you can't beat gkrellm

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Old 04-11-2006, 11:30 PM   #4
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Originally Posted by J.W.
you can't beat gkrellm
Oh yes, you can: conky

If all you're after is to see the disk throughput, then go with conky, gkrellm, whatever system monitor app. If you're looking to trouble shoot a bottleneck there's iostat (part of sysstat).
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Along with monitoring you Hard drives performance you may want to view their settings or monitor their health..

hdparm - will allow you to view information about your drives, and change settings (such as DMA)

smartmontools - allows you to monitor drive health using the S.M.A.R.T. capabilities built into the Hard Drive.


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