From my observations as a Java developer working on Windows workstations, NTFS is slow compared to Linux filesystems. Question is, is there anything in the NTFS driver that can be manually tuned, for example give it more memory for cache? Enable some experimental algorithms? If that's not available, is there perhaps another filesystem that can be used on Windows, maybe even commercial, that's faster than NTFS?
To be clear, I'm not looking to improve compilation speeds for Maven projects, I'd like to get an overall improvement for the OS. I get a feeling that NTFS is long outdated and slow compared to Linux filesystems. It strikes me as weird that the most popular OS on planet has only one filesystem which still requires manual defragmentation. Perhaps there is an alternative?
Update: Here is what's slow according to my observations. I'm building/packaging a project, which means lots of read/write operations on disk. The build system is cross-platform (Java, Maven), so I can perform exactly the same actions when booted to Ubuntu, for example.
On Linux my builds are at least 1/3 faster. Hence the question about filesystem. I'm sorry if it's misplaced.