I have a setup where a Windows XP machine gets backed up to a server on the LAN, using
rsync. Because of operational requirements, the backup needs to happen while the machine is in use. While this is not a problem for our Linux machines, this Windows box is slowed down to the point of being unusable by the
Is there a way to limit the disk I/O priority of a process in Windows XP, similar to
ionice in Linux?
Note that just reducing
rsyncs bandwidth (via the
--bwlimit switch) does not help, because the problem arises from lots of seeks and reads of very small files. So in order to have any effect at all, I'd have to set the bwlimit to such a small value that larger files, which are read sequentially and have hardly any impact on performance at all, would take ages to transfer.