Saturday, 21 July, 2007

10 Simple steps to a faster Ubuntu booting.

-Akshay Ranganath

  1. Open the file /etc/fstab in gedit (Applications > Accessories > Text Editor)
  2. This file will have the partition details of .the hard disk. For all the Windows partition, it will have data of the following format:
    UUID=9877-489A  /media/sda1     vfat    defaults,utf8,umask=007,gid=46 0       1
  3. If the last value is a 1 then, it means that the default setting is to scan your Windows parition every time the system boots. This is not necessary and most importantly waste of time since it is a Windows partition anyway.
  4. Just set the value to a 0. That is for all those lines having the word vfat, set the sixt tab-separated value to a zero to exclude checking.
  5. Save the file on your desktop as fstab.
  6. Open the terminal by using the option Application > Accessories > Terminal
  7. Make a copy of the fstab file for safety by executing the command:
    sudo cp /etc/fstab /etc/fstab.orig
  8. Copy the modified file to the /etc/ directory by giving the command:
    sudo cp /home/{username}/Desktop/fstab .
  9. This should copy the updated fstab
  10. Reboot and see a blazingly fast system!


Anonymous said...

About #8, it doesn't seem to work unless you have a copy to point on the end, ie /etc/.

MAGNET said...

Oops! Thanks for pointing it out. I've corrected the article now.