To really do something about performance, you'd want to start thinking about gigabit ethernet.
Upgrading the IDE interface: again, same argument: NFS reads are still bottlenecked by the 100Mbps interface, not by the ATA interface.
I just read the specs, and you're right, the HG does have gig ethernet, which makes my point somewhat.
The only point i see being made is your own foot sortof in your own mouth.
Although a bit belated I am to join this thread, I couldn't help but note the obvious.
Perhaps if you want to be a real professional engineer, you could avoid the unprofessional sarcasm and stick to the facts in an objective manner.
Just the facts, sir, I can't help but point out the obvious of Kuro Owner's sound logic and your poorly reasoned, self-defeating mass of contradictions ... first strongly arguing about a network bottleneck being the source of poor performance, then when being told the HG has a gigabit speed, saying that it makes your point.
For your information I'm also an engineer, and old enough to know that I'm not a stupid one when it comes to system dynamics.
You might want to rethink that assumption.