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May 24, 2014 12:59:19 PM

Hi all

I have been running a windows 7 64bit machine for just over 2 years now and the boot performance has always been great on my Kingston HyperX ssd (8-9 secs) until about a week ago when i was clearing out some old unused files and then the boot time has gotten very slow (about 40secs) not long after this.

I have tried reinstalling windows (multiple times), i have updated the bios to the latest version, i have updated the drive to the latest firmware along with updating the windows based AHCI drivers and i have also realligned the drive using Gparted from a live CD, all of which have not managed to get the drive back to its normal 8-9sec boot up time.

Once windows is loaded, it runs very fast and i can provide a link to any benchmark results if needed but it is instead the windows flag at boot that takes considerably more time than it used to.

Any help on the matter would be greatly appreciated

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a b $ Windows 7
May 24, 2014 1:22:30 PM

What changed a week ago?

I found this article that would let you analyze the boot process:
http://helgeklein.com/blog/2013/07/analyzing-a-slow-boo...

As a stop gap, just don't boot.
Use sleep to the S3(sleep to ram) sleep state instead. Disable hibernation. Your pc will enter a very low power state in 2 seconds and reawaken just as quickly.
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May 24, 2014 1:57:28 PM

geofelt said:
What changed a week ago?

I found this article that would let you analyze the boot process:
http://helgeklein.com/blog/2013/07/analyzing-a-slow-boo...

As a stop gap, just don't boot.
Use sleep to the S3(sleep to ram) sleep state instead. Disable hibernation. Your pc will enter a very low power state in 2 seconds and reawaken just as quickly.


Thanks for the reply
A week ago was when the SSD suddenly started booting windows slower than it used to.

I shall look at the article you posted tomorrow when i have more time and report back with my findings
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May 25, 2014 1:33:13 AM

geofelt said:
What I meant was, did anything else change about a week ago that could have caused your problem.

You might run a benchmark on the ssd to see if it seems to be performing nominally.
http://www.techspot.com/downloads/6014-as-ssd-benchmark...


Oh sorry, no nothing else has changed other than that, no new hardware or any other changes to speak of
Attatched is an image of the AS SSD benchmark results too, not sure what they should be at
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May 25, 2014 10:51:12 AM

Right, i have ran through the curatorial you posted the link to and determined that the slow boot times where caused by a very high HDD load on disk 2 which is my internal backup WD Red drive. after disconnecting the drive, windows proceeded to boot up at its normal speed of around 8 seconds so i assume it was something to do with they way that drive was operating and after a full format of this drive, things are all back to normal. thank you for posting the link, it has saved me a lot of hassle :D 
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a b $ Windows 7
May 25, 2014 10:59:38 AM

Good you found it; I have not had the need for that process.

And... your as ssd benchmark looks good and nominal for a ssd on a 6mb sata port.
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a b $ Windows 7
May 25, 2014 11:16:30 AM

You might put that red drive in an external usb enclosure. Plug it in or turn it on only when it is backup time.
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July 7, 2014 11:22:21 AM

Im having same problem, just ran the benchmark through the link above and got these results which shows theres definately something wrong!

Apparently the standard dual channel pci ide controller is bad?
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