Optimizing the EXT3 file system on Linux

There are some things you can do to give ext3 a boost when you just want speed.

Mount Options noatime,nodiratime

Do not update inode access times on this file system (e.g, for faster access on the news spool to speed up news servers).

Do not update directory inode access times on this filesystem.

This is one of the quickest and easiest performance gains. This mount option tells the system not to update inode access times. This is a good option for web servers, news servers or other uses with high access file systems

Also from the man pages.

Sync all data and metadata every nrsec seconds. The default value is 5 seconds. Zero means default.

proc /proc proc defaults 0 0
# / was on /dev/sda1 during installation
UUID=164be035-6571-43b4-820e-cef57b74f1dc / ext3 relatime,noatime,nodiratime,errors=remount-ro 0 1

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