Speed up NTFS performance

Disabling the directory update on an NTFS volume can speed things up.

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When browsing a directory on an NTFS volume, the LastAccess time stamp is updated for every directory detected. With a large number of directories, updating can take a very long time.

To disable the update, make the following registry change:

[HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINESYSTEMCurrentControlSetControlFileSystem]
"NtfsDisableLastAccessUpdate"=dword:00000001

Note: As always please remember that editing your registry carries potential risks; be sure you have a verified backup before you begin.


This was first published in April 2001

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