UPDATE: I ran “time mount /dev/hdb1 /mnt” (under Unix, this will
time how long a command takes to run) and found that it took 7.08 seconds
in the kernel to mount the 17G harddrive under Linux 2.0.36 running
on a 486SX-33MHz. Ouch.
I also ran “time fsck -f -y /dev/hdb1” (under Unix,
this will check the consistency of the filesystem and make corrections. The
-f option forces the program to run, even if the filesystem isn't
corrupted) and it took almost 15 minutes to run. That on a clean
filesystem. I'd hate to think what it would do on a corrupted system.
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