Making a Network Drive Faster To Access

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http://askubuntu.com – I have mounted a 450 GB Logical Volume in Ubuntu and I am sharing it over the network using Samba. On my Mac, I am able to connect to the shared folder and mount the volume; however, it takes minutes for me to see all of my files, which consist of music and photos. Is there any way to speed up this process? I know that Windows 7, for example, can index drives, but would this work even if the server is turned off and on again? My Ubuntu server is using ethernet. (HowTos)