Jeffrey Ross wrote: > I just starting moving a lot of files on to a USB hard disk, which > consists of deleting about 20 GB of data and then putting about 15GB of > data back on. This appears to be working fine, however.... > > Once I started the data copies (two of them) and the "empty trash" > commands all at the same time I noticed that I lost the ability to > manipulate the windows on the screen. I lost the border around the > windows, I can't resize, minimize, maximize etc. > > Suggestions? > > Thanks, Jeff > Only have one operation going on the USB hard drive at a time. Heavy access of a USB drive tends to slow an OS to a crawl. I am not sure if it is because of too much code that runs with interrupts disabled, or too many interrupts to get the data to the drive, but there is a definite slowdown once the buffers are full, and you are down to direct write speed. You man be able to improve thing using nice or renice to lower the priority of the copy operation. Mikkel -- Do not meddle in the affairs of dragons, for thou art crunchy and taste good with Ketchup!
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