Access time can slow down disk operations because it adds an extra write every time a file is accessed. This is most noticeable during boot when many files are read, and the access time located on another part of the disk is recorded. To turn off atime, just follow these steps
Windows: simply run “FSUTIL behavior set disablelastaccess 1” at the command line.
Linux: a few more steps are required, since the atime property is set per partition.
- vim /etc/fstab
- change defaults under mount options column to noatime