“Honey, I shrunk the filesystem!” Recently I bought a solid-state harddisk, an Intel X25M. I wanted to use this disk in my Windows development system, without having to do a fresh install of Windows XP. I really didn’t want to install all my applications again, not to speak of all the custom configurations and tweaks I usually apply to Windows to make it palatable. So I thought I’d just make a image copy of my old harddisk to this new one, and be done with it.
Disks and Filesystems Disks are one of the few moving parts in your computer, and they tend to have a high speed data link going to them. Both of these properties turn disks into serious power consumers when they’re active.