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July 24, 2014 7:24:25 AM

Hello everyone, I haven't seen a post like this anywhere so I decided to ask here. So I have an SSD as my boot drive, and it's been acting slower that usual lately. When I turn on my computer it hangs longer than usual (it does not freeze) at the "Republic of Gaming" screen, and then it also hangs longer than usual at the "Starting Windows" screen. It use to fly past both the screens, but now it is going much slower. Would anyone know why this is happening? Thank you for your help in advance!

PC specs:
MB: Asus crosshair v formula Z
CPU: AMD FX8350
GPU: Sapphire AMD HD7970
SSD(boot): 120GB samsung evo
HD(storage): WD 1TB blue drive
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July 24, 2014 7:28:34 AM

How full is the SSD? Also hav u recently added any hardware, or external devices via USB etc?
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July 24, 2014 7:30:38 AM

snowctrl said:
How full is the SSD? Also hav u recently added any hardware, or external devices via USB etc?

I have 33.4 GB free of 111GB. And no, I cannot think of anything. I added a webcam a while ago, but I don't think that would cause any problems.

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July 24, 2014 10:50:15 AM

A few qs:

How old is the SSD?
What is your PSU?
Have you run full antivirus and antimalware checks with reputable stuff like Malwarebytes and Bitdefender?
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July 24, 2014 11:14:07 AM

snowctrl said:
A few qs:

How old is the SSD?
What is your PSU?
Have you run full antivirus and antimalware checks with reputable stuff like Malwarebytes and Bitdefender?

1) The SSD is probably a year old
2) The PSU is a Corsair cx750 watt
3) And yes, I have malwarebytes and Kaspersky and run them regularly

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July 24, 2014 3:17:27 PM

Try unplugging every external device (bar monitor, mouse keyboard...)

Problem solved..?
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July 25, 2014 12:36:21 PM

snowctrl said:
Try unplugging every external device (bar monitor, mouse keyboard...)

Problem solved..?

Well look at that! It booted up much faster! So does this mean I cannot use all my USB ports? Is there some way I can still use them and not slow down my boot time? Thank you very much for your help by the way :) 

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July 25, 2014 2:22:54 PM

No worries, and No - it means that there was a problem with one or more USB devices.

Plug them in one at a time, restarting after each additional device, until u get the delay again. That device, which I'm guessing will be an external drive of some kind, will need to be turned on after boot, rather than left on all the time. I hav a Drobo S that does this, as an example.

When u find the culprit device, do take the time to go to the manufacturers site to look for support, updates, etc, and also to yo mobo makers site for similar - there may well be a solution
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July 25, 2014 3:29:04 PM

snowctrl said:
No worries, and No - it means that there was a problem with one or more USB devices.

Plug them in one at a time, restarting after each additional device, until u get the delay again. That device, which I'm guessing will be an external drive of some kind, will need to be turned on after boot, rather than left on all the time. I hav a Drobo S that does this, as an example.

When u find the culprit device, do take the time to go to the manufacturers site to look for support, updates, etc, and also to yo mobo makers site for similar - there may well be a solution

Awesome, I will get right on that. Thanks again for your help :) 
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July 25, 2014 11:41:07 PM

myoung54 said:
snowctrl said:
No worries, and No - it means that there was a problem with one or more USB devices.

Plug them in one at a time, restarting after each additional device, until u get the delay again. That device, which I'm guessing will be an external drive of some kind, will need to be turned on after boot, rather than left on all the time. I hav a Drobo S that does this, as an example.

When u find the culprit device, do take the time to go to the manufacturers site to look for support, updates, etc, and also to yo mobo makers site for similar - there may well be a solution

Awesome, I will get right on that. Thanks again for your help :) 


Glad to have helped
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