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Re: Slow writes to disk

On Sat, Nov 03, 2018 at 12:20:34PM -0700, David Christensen wrote:
On 11/3/18 4:58 AM, Michael Stone wrote:
On Fri, Nov 02, 2018 at 07:27:41PM -0700, David Christensen wrote:
3.  Download and run the manufacturer's diagnostic utility (Windows
may be required):

this is basically going to be the equivalent of smartctl -H,

As the tools are proprietary, figuring out what they actually do would be difficult. I must presume they are at least as good as smartctl.

They read the smart data which everyone has standardized on. The only real reason to use the proprietary tool is if they'll only honor the warranty with the proprietary tool. Since consumer drives have close to no warranty these days, it's a moot point. (If there is an actual warranty then jump through whatever hoops are needed. The smart log via smartctl should show you whether there's a reason to do so.)

no need to try to figure out how to run windows.
OS-based tools can provide additional features and optimizations for that specific OS.

Sure. But since this is a debian mailing list it seems silly to worry about windows. There are other lists for that.

A good benchmark will stress the drive, possibly causing messages to dmesg and/or /var/log/* that would be helpful for trouble shooting the "slow writes to disk".

It seems unnecessary for someone to install and run tangentally related programs because "possibly" they might generate messages. The odds of that are low enough for it to just be busy work.