If you are using the NTFS filesystem in Windows XP or another version of Microsoft's Windows operating system, you may benefit from the following Registry hack to speed things up a little bit.
The default mode is that every time you alter a file a timestamp will be saved which for most Windows users is completely irrelevant. Some backup programs or synchronizing applications use this feature but the majority of programs do not care when a file has been modified on a PC.
If you are not using a program that needs the timestamp for its functionality, you can easily edit the registry key in your version of Windows to speed up your system. Hit Windows + R, type regedit and press enter. Navigate to the following registry key: HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SYSTEM\CurrentControlSet\Control\FileSystem
Right-click the key NtfsDisableLastAccessUpdate and change the value of it to 1. Here are the two values that you can set the Registry key to:
While you are there you could also disable the creation of files in Dos format (8+3) by altering the value of the key NtfsDisable8dot3NameCreation to 1 as well.
Here are the possible values for the NtfsDisable8dot3NameCreation key:
Note that some - older - applications may need the last value set to 0 to function properly. I suggest you give it a try and if you run into any errors using software on your system, switch back to the 0 value for the Registry key to resolve the issue.
You can easily restore the default values by modifying the Registry keys in question a second time. You can alternatively right-click on FileSystem before to export the original data to your system so that you can import it to the Registry again.Advertisement
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