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One of my servers is getting very high Disk I/Os. The problem is that the disk I/Os are constantly increasing. The server just have simple LAMP configuration and there shouldnt be any disk operation ideally.

Any help on how can I investigate as to what is causing this high disk I/O and how can I fix it. top / htop etc isnt giving me good information worth debugging


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up vote 3 down vote accepted

Try use iotop to find active I/O process.

Also, try remount xvda with noatime option and add "iostat -dx 2" output from host system.

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Also anything special from dmesg might be useful, for example disk error messages. – Olli Feb 21 '11 at 9:20

I second iotop, it's a great way to see what programmes are using your disk.

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