I recently bought a Samsung X11 Laptop, with 80GB SATA HD (5400RPM), 1GB RAM and install Slackware Linux 11.0
I found that formating the main partition took approximately an hour (it's a 60GB primary partition). After a X number of mounts, fsch kicks in automatically and proceeds to take approximately 30 - 40 minutes to perform a complete fsck.
On different hardware this process would take probably no more than 5 - 10 minutes to complete.
I think the primary cause of this slow fsck and general slow running of the laptop might be cause by the hard drive.
Is there anything I can do to improve overall performance with the existing hardware or would I be better off getting a new faster hard disk?
Thanks for any input.