I need relief for my overworked drives?!?!
Posted on 2004-09-16
I have a Gateway desktop that by necessity, I had to put in the role of a server.
I got a Promise RAID controller and maxed out the cache memory on it.
I now have four 250GB SATA drives on that controller (I'm continually impressed the power supply can handle the load). My problem is that when I monitor the %idle time in perfmon it’s usually at or around 0%. That’s 0% idle time, which means that they are ALWAYS busy. Does anyone have any suggestions on how I can maximize the efficiency of the raid controller, or anything that I can do to speed up access in general? I would love to be able to disable Symantec Corp Antivirus, but that’s a big no-no around here.
It is running Windows 2000 server. The RAID is running at RAID level 0 already, so I’m not sure how much I can do.