iostat command in Linux with examples

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This article is a follow-up to the previous 90 Linux Commands frequently used by Linux Sysadmins post. Every week, as time allows, I will publish articles on the 90 commands geared toward Linux sysadmins and Linux power users.   iostat command in Linux and other Unix-like systems. IOstat is a powerful Linux tool that provides…

Seems like a very good command to know, but what scenarios would I need to use this in?

Is it just for determining if a drive is performing well or are there other reasons to know this information?

Hi @MadMatt, a good reason to use iostat would be to monitor and troubleshoot disk I/O performance. For example this article: Linux server performance: Is disk I/O slowing your application?