Examining and Tuning Disk Performance

The disk system handles the storage and movement of programs and data on your system, giving it a powerful influence on your systems overall responsiveness. The Performance console provides disk-specific counters that enable you to measure disk activity and throughput, and instructs you on strategies to improve disk performance. In addition, it also covers tools found on the Microsoft Windows 2000 Resource Kit companion CD that can assist you in determining which programs are putting the greatest demand on your disk system.

In This Chapter

Quick Guide to Monitoring Disks

Disk Monitoring Concepts

Configuring the Disk and File System for Performance

Working with Disk Counters

Establishing a Baseline for Disk Usage

Investigating Disk Performance Problems

Resolving Disk Bottlenecks

Evaluating Cache and Disk Usage by Applications