On my external NTFS HDD I have my music collection with over 3800 artists in it, which is structured like this:
/Music/Artist/Year - Album/, each artist as a separate sub-folder. When I try to open the
Music directory in Finder it takes from 10 to 35 seconds to show me the list of sub-directories there. Something similar to this happens when I access such directory on a EXT4-formatted HDD in a QNAP NAS over the network (SMB or AFP).
Any Windows machine opens and displays the same folder in Explorer near-instantly both locally and over the network.
What causes this behavior on MacOS and how do I make MacOS list the subfolders quicker, like on Windows?
P.S. I use MacOS 10.13 on a 2017 MBP. The view mode in Finder is list view, size calculation is ticked off. For NTFS I tried using both in-built MacOS driver and the Paragon one.