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Samsung 840 Evo Slow Boot Time - Boots faster in Safe Mode

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April 27, 2014 6:23:14 AM

Hey guys,

So basically my problem is that my 120gb Samsung Evo SSD is booting in and around 45 seconds, and from what I understand this is way to long for a SSD. I've spent hours looking through multiple forums and have tried countless methods of decreasing my boot time, all of which have failed.

Just to clarify what I have done so far;
- AHCI is enabled in BIOS
- SATA drivers have been updated to the most recent version
- SSD is the first in the boot order and all other SATA devices are disabled
- All startup devices/services that can be disabled have been
- Things like fast boot and no GUI startup have also been enabled
- I've disconnected all SATA devices but the SSD and booted
- Uninstalled anti-virus and booted

All of these have made little to no difference in startup time.

My system specs;
- ASUS M5A78L-M USB3 Motherboard
- AMD FX-4170 Processor
- 16Gb Ram
- EVGA GTX 660 2gb
- Samsung 840 Evo 120Gb SSD
- Seagate Barracuda 1Tb HDD
- Old Seagate 150Gb HDD

SSD benchmark: http://gyazo.com/e6b3d55a786cb14d8592c40b3a817065

I understand that my SATA headers are only SATA 2 and not SATA 3 so understandably there will be some performance decrease there, but surely not to the extent that I am receiving.

Some other information that may be useful is that I looked in the Event Viewer to see my history of boot times and the first 4 boots of my pc were less than 20 seconds, and then after that went straight up to around 40/50 seconds. This must mean that the my pc is capable of booting in this time as it has already done it.

I looked at the date and time of which the boot time changed and tried to identify what I did at that time that could made such a big impact, but I could not find anything that when I uninstalled made a difference.

I tried booting in safe mode to see if that was any different, and it was considerably faster. I wasn't too sure when to time it from when booting to safe mode, but from the moment I hit enter to select safe mode and then for it go through the driver screen and then to the desktop, it was a lot faster than a normal boot.

I'm really unsure of what to do now, I've tried practically everything I can do to try and get the boot time down, but nothing is working. I'm particularly interested in the safe mode thing now though, seeing how it can boot fast when only the essential drivers, service, etc.. are enabled, however I'm not too sure where to go from there.

Literally anything you think may improve boot time I will be extremely grateful as really I have nowhere else to go for advice, thank you all in advance.

All the best,
Pugizimo
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April 27, 2014 8:40:53 AM

Do you try to tweak your SSD yet? because you said you can boot faster in the safe mode, and just you like said only the essential drivers, service, etc.. are enabled in the safe mode.
Here is info ( Tweaks / Optimization section) http://www.tomshardware.com/forum/270102-32-useful-arti...
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April 27, 2014 8:48:26 AM

cin19 said:
Do you try to tweak your SSD yet? because you said you can boot faster in the safe mode, and just you like said only the essential drivers, service, etc.. are enabled in the safe mode.
Here is info ( Tweaks / Optimization section) http://www.tomshardware.com/forum/270102-32-useful-arti...


No I haven't, I'll give that a read and let you know if it helps. Thanks for the suggestion :) 
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April 27, 2014 9:55:25 AM

cin19 said:
Do you try to tweak your SSD yet? because you said you can boot faster in the safe mode, and just you like said only the essential drivers, service, etc.. are enabled in the safe mode.
Here is info ( Tweaks / Optimization section) http://www.tomshardware.com/forum/270102-32-useful-arti...

Unfortunately none of the tweaks had any impact on the boot time
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April 28, 2014 3:54:32 AM

Did you perform a fresh install?
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April 28, 2014 7:42:03 AM

mad-max79 said:
Did you perform a fresh install?

When I did the install, the SSD was straight out of the box. Reformatting the SSD is that last thing I want to do though
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April 28, 2014 9:47:27 AM

I am afraid I have some bad news for you. You have an older AMD motherboard with AMD 760G (780L) and SB710 chipsets that was released in November 2011. It does not properly support modern 3rd generation SATA 3 6Gb/s solid state drives. According to the ASUS specifications page support is limited to SATA 2 3Gb/s drives. Your ssd will work but at reduced performance levels as you have already found out. In addition there may additional problems with the motherboard's components not fully supporting the data throughput between the motherboard and the ssd.

Time to start thinking about a new motherboard.
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April 28, 2014 9:58:20 AM

JohnnyLucky said:
I am afraid I have some bad news for you. You have an older AMD motherboard with AMD 760G (780L) and SB710 chipsets that was released in November 2011. It does not properly support modern 3rd generation SATA 3 6Gb/s solid state drives. According to the ASUS specifications page support is limited to SATA 2 3Gb/s drives. Your ssd will work but at reduced performance levels as you have already found out. In addition there may additional problems with the motherboard's components not fully supporting the data throughput between the motherboard and the ssd.

Time to start thinking about a new motherboard.

Damn, I didn't think it would be that much of a problem that I'd need a new motherboard. Teaches me not to go and buy the cheapest motherboard available without looking into it haha. Thanks for the detailed response!
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