Linked by Amjith Ramanujam on Tue 22nd Jul 2008 17:54 UTC
Benchmarks David Williams over at iTWire has done a comparison of Windows vs Linux. It is performed by doing functionally identical tasks in both the OSes. This comparison is not a fair one by any measure. The laptops running the Windows and Linux were different in the hardware config and the software used for the tests were comparable but clearly different (MS Office vs OpenOffice; IE vs Firefox 3).
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You cant do that either, the OS that is installed at the start of the drive will enjoy faster access times than the OS installed from the later parts of the platters.

Not necessarily true...

NTFS tries to put everything in order initially (from the beginning of the drive). Hence accessing something at the beginning of the partition then getting something at the end is going to inccur latency.

ext3 (dunno about the others) writes data on either side of the middle of the partition so that for any given data at any given time data is closer to the drive head. This is also the main reason ext3 does not fragment as easily as ntfs.

Stuff at the beggining will ony be faster for things like bootups and when the drive heads are parked.

Edited 2008-07-22 21:15 UTC

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