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April 28, 2014 2:41:37 PM

I had to replace my desktop’s motherboard, and I’m now running into a pretty weird issue. With the replacement board, the PC (Win7 Enterprise) boots quickly when only the boot drive (SSD) is connected—“Starting Windows” takes about 10-15 seconds. But when I connect my IDE hard drive, “Starting Windows” takes more than 7 minutes!

I had been using that drive to store Windows backups, and this thread led me to suspect that might be the issue, so I deleted the backups and reformatted the drive, and also tried disabling the Volume Shadow Copy service, but it’s still taking just as long. Also takes just as long booting in Safe Mode.

When I disconnect the IDE drive and connect a SATA HDD, “Starting Windows” takes about 25 seconds. I’m in AHCI mode.

This has gotta be some weird thing Windows is doing, right? I’m pretty stumped.

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April 28, 2014 3:20:56 PM

I think your IDE will be dead soon or something wrong with it, because when the PC boot up, the BIOS ( Basic Input/Output System ) are to initialize and test the system hardware components, if it find something wrong it will take longer time to find out what is wrong.

You can use some of test HDD software to check that HDD to see it is OK or not.
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April 28, 2014 3:26:36 PM

MB? CPU? Memory and etc?

Set the SSD as the first boot devise in BIOS. Install the SSD in the original boot sata port might help too.
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April 28, 2014 4:41:13 PM

Hi, thanks for your responses. Mobo is ECS IC780M-A2 (V1.0A), RAM is Team Vulcan 8GB DDR3 (TLD38G1600HC9DC01), both bought used but pretty new. Hadn't had this issue with my previous mobo, so that would be my prime suspect, but everything works 100% once Windows is started. CPU is AMD Phenom II X4 955. SSD is Samsung 830 128GB.

SSD is the first (and only) boot device. I'm not sure what the "original boot sata port" is.

@cin19, this is happening after the BIOS/POST, during the "Starting Windows" part of the boot. It's a pretty old but reliable drive, and no issues reported.
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April 28, 2014 5:51:56 PM

Is the IDE drive jumpered correctly for a single drive (see the drives label for the proper jumper setting for a single drive) and on the end of the ide cable?

Which IDE drive do you have? perhaps its not AHCI capable.

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April 28, 2014 6:37:27 PM

The drive is a Samsung HD400LD. It is on the end of the IDE cable and jumpered as the master drive. Everything is the same as with my previous motherboard (when this problem did not occur), including being set to AHCI mode.

I also tested changing to IDE mode and the problem still occurred.
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April 28, 2014 7:22:38 PM

I also found in the Windows Event Viewer, under the Diagnostic Performance category, the following two entries (listed as a "Error" and "Warning" respectively):

This device took longer to initialize, resulting in a performance degradation in the system start up process:
File Name : IDE\DiskSAMSUNG_HD400LD_________________________WQ100-14\5&3559e02c&0&0.0.0
Friendly Name : Disk drive
Version :
Total Time : 368988ms
Degradation Time : 366488ms
Incident Time (UTC) : ‎2014‎-‎04‎-‎27T05:47:24.718400400Z

This device took longer to initialize, resulting in a performance degradation in the system start up process:
File Name : PCIIDE\IDEChannel\4&382e128a&0&0
Friendly Name : IDE Channel
Version :
Total Time : 2503ms
Degradation Time : 3ms
Incident Time (UTC) : ‎2014‎-‎04‎-‎27T05:47:24.718400400Z

But I'm not sure what to do with this information.
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April 28, 2014 9:15:58 PM

Don't know why, but have seen many users that have the same problem. When there is a drive connected to the IDE, boot times are really slow. Seems BIOS is expecting OS on that drive. maybe get an adapter and install the HDD into a sata port.
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