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Why does my system boot slowly?

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May 14, 2010 5:18:57 AM

Finally my crappy old P4 gave up and I got a new PC;

- Core i5 750
- MSI P55-GD65 mobo
- Zotac 9600GT 512 MB
- 2*2GB Kingston CL9 DDR3 1333
- WD Green 1TB HDD + Seagate 500GB + Seagate 80GB (OS on this drive)
- Sony DRU-870S DVD Writer
- CoolerMaster Gladiator 600 Chassis + XtremePower 650W PSU
- Samsung P2250 21.5" HD Monitor
- Windows 7 Ultimate x64

Everything is fine and the games are running super fast e.g Dirt 2 is running (on High + 4xMSAA, 1152*864) @ 90 fps when compared to 18-25 fps on P4 !!! :pt1cable: 

Everything is fast, I mean once the desktop loads there is no need to wait for all start up items to load (I had to wait about 20s on my P4 so as not to "overload").

Now, the only thing I'm not liking is the boot-up time...it takes about 75 sec (the time since switching on the computer until desktop is seen) to boot up whereas my P4 took about 30-40 seconds.

What could be reason for this, or is this normal ???

I'm using all the latest drivers and version of the BIOS (v 1.8).

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May 14, 2010 5:41:09 AM

maybe your have many startup programs?
May 14, 2010 7:57:52 AM

This isn't necessarily the answer to your question, but why do you have the OS on what I assume is an old, slow, small separate HDD?
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May 14, 2010 12:54:23 PM

Hmmm, well, I thought If the hdd were to crash (since it crashed before and I'm using a repaired drive), only the OS will go and I could reinstall again, instead of losing my data.

What do you say ?
Should I install on another drive and see ?

PS - The HDD is an 80GB Seagate 3 Gbps drive with 8MB buffer, Is it slow compared to these days?
PSS - According to you guys, what should be the ideal boot-up time ?
May 14, 2010 1:21:30 PM

Ideal boot time varies i guess however....
I have AsRocks instant boot thing fired up on mine, I get narky if im not on my desktop within 2 seconds of pushing the switch :p 
downside of that is it takes about a minute to shut system down, I like your idea of saving the O/s on a separate drive to save data in the event of death but that will contribute to a bit of slowness imo, My Gf still has a P4 and her boot time can be 5 minutes plus :) 
May 14, 2010 7:36:53 PM

Are those Seagates from the 7200.11 series? If so, they've been plagued with problems. I can't say whether that is the reason for your slow boot, though.
May 15, 2010 3:31:50 AM

jbakerlent said:
Are those Seagates from the 7200.11 series? If so, they've been plagued with problems. I can't say whether that is the reason for your slow boot, though.

No, but I've heard about them.
I have;

- 80GB Seagate 7200.9 (very old) w/ 8MB Buffer (old drive which I bought 4 years ago crashed, replaced with a repaired drive by Seagate)
- 500GB Seagate 7200.12 w/ 16MB Buffer
- 1TB WD Green w/ 64MB Buffer

I guess, everything points out to only HDD problem, right ?

Anything else that can contribute to slower boot-ups (which I can detect) ?
May 15, 2010 3:47:09 AM

For whatever reason some motherboards can take a long time to POST.

My mobo (GA-EX58-UD5) takes almost 30 seconds just to display video - IE, showing the POST screen. Past that it will boot quickly, but some mobos just seem to take longer.
May 15, 2010 4:16:45 AM

Aktariel said:
For whatever reason some motherboards can take a long time to POST.

My mobo (GA-EX58-UD5) takes almost 30 seconds just to display video - IE, showing the POST screen. Past that it will boot quickly, but some mobos just seem to take longer.

Is there any specific reason for that ?
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