find read write traffic on disk since startup

iostat -m -d /dev/sda1
The iostat command is used for monitoring system input/output device loading by observing the time the devices are active in relation to their average transfer rates. in ubuntu to get the iostat program do this: sudo apt-get install sysstat i found this command here: http://www.ocztechnologyforum.com/forum/showthread.php?t=54379
Sample Output
Linux 2.6.31-15-generic (mclaptop) 	11/27/2009 	_x86_64_	(2 CPU)

Device:            tps    MB_read/s    MB_wrtn/s    MB_read    MB_wrtn
sda1             19.65         0.39         0.04       1521        153

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By: nickleus
2009-11-27 12:00:48

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