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Slow Windows Boot and Other Boot Issues, Crucial M4 128 GB

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August 16, 2012 12:00:46 AM

Hello, I recently purchased and installed a Crucial M4 128 GB SSD. I freshly installed Windows 7 on it, but when I try to change my BIOS settings to give it boot priority before my HDD, it won't boot. With my HDD having priority, my average boot time is ~24 seconds, which I've read/heard is about ~10-15 seconds slower than it should be. What's causing me to be unable to boot?
a c 523 G Storage
August 16, 2012 12:09:32 AM

Did you have your HDD connected when you installed Windows on your SSD?

Do another fresh install of Windows on your SSD with no other drives connected.
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August 16, 2012 12:16:56 AM

Anything else I can try to do before this? Already have most of my files over here, and no Win7 DVD on me.
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a c 523 G Storage
August 16, 2012 12:27:59 AM

A 100MB boot partition was probably installed on your HDD instead of your SSD.
You can go into Windows Disk Management to verify.

If that's the case you just have to deal with the extended boo time until the next time you install Windows.
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August 16, 2012 12:29:36 AM

That doesn't appear to be the case? HDD says "Healthy (System, Active, Primary Partition)", and SSD says "Healthy (Boot, Page File, Crash Dump, Primary Partition)". The extended boot time isn't the only issue, if I change the hard drive order at all, the system refuses to boot.
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a c 523 G Storage
August 16, 2012 12:40:01 AM

So there's no partition on either drive that says "System Reserved"?

What's your motherboard model?
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a c 523 G Storage
August 16, 2012 1:11:41 AM

Mechyuske said:
The extended boot time isn't the only issue, if I change the hard drive order at all, the system refuses to boot.


Your motherboard doesn't "see" the System Reserved partition; that's why it doesn't boot when you change drive order.

When do a fresh Windows install, Windows creates a System Reserved partition (normally around 100MB) that's used for system startup. If you have a HDD connected Windows will mistakenly create the partition on the HDD instead of the SSD.

You said there's no partition on either drive so I don't how that happened.

Sorry, don't know what else to suggest. Hopefully other Forum members will be able to help.
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August 16, 2012 1:21:18 AM

All right, if that's the only option I'll give it a try, I appreciate the help.
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August 16, 2012 1:54:10 AM

So with the HDD removed, I can't boot to my DVD drive either...I have no idea what to do here.
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a c 523 G Storage
August 16, 2012 2:02:56 AM

Disconnect all drives from your motherboard and clear your cmos.
Then connect your SSD & DVD, and see if you are able to set your DVD as your 1st boot device.
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August 16, 2012 2:36:46 AM

Tried that, still wasn't able to boot from the DVD drive.
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a c 523 G Storage
August 16, 2012 2:50:04 AM

Try connecting your SSD & DVD to ports SATA3G_1 & SATA3G_2. See page 1-7 of your motherboard manual for the location of the ports.
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August 16, 2012 3:57:36 AM

Even bigger issue now...I tried that, didn't work. Tried to boot from just my HDD, also doesn't work. Get status 0xc00000e.
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a c 523 G Storage
August 16, 2012 4:02:11 AM

Something's wrong with your motherboard. Connect everything the same way you had it when it booted slow.
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August 16, 2012 4:06:14 AM

It's all connected the same way now. I marked the SSD partition as "Active" a while ago. I can still boot up the SSD, but not the HDD. HDD is still marked active.
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a c 523 G Storage
August 16, 2012 4:15:28 AM

Update your motherboard's BIOS to version 1001. Then see if you are able to boot to your DVD drive; if not , I've run out of ideas.
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a c 523 G Storage
August 16, 2012 5:14:48 AM

Finally figured it out. Look at the 1st paragraph of page 2-9 of your motherboard manual.
Your DVD drive has to be connected to port SATA3G_5 or SATA3G_6; and the SATA mode of the port it is connected to has to be IDE mode.
After you change the SATA mode change the Type to "CDROM" (page 2-7).

Leave your SSD connected to port SATA3G_1 in AHCI mode.
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August 16, 2012 5:36:49 AM

Sadly, even doing all of that it still won't boot to the disc. I confirmed that the disc was, indeed, bootable after trying that in my girlfriend's working laptop.
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August 16, 2012 3:32:25 PM

Pretty certain that thread has nothing to do with me. It's about a completely different motherboard and the issue seems to be based around enabling RAID, which I never have.
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August 16, 2012 8:07:54 PM

Okay, I think I resolved most of it. I still can't boot from DVD, I gave up and marked that down as an ASUS screw up, will not buy from them again.

Made a bootable USB Windows 7 Ultimate file, unplugged HDD, changed boot order to boot from USB, installed Windows 7, got drivers and preliminary updates out of the way, tested a few boots, plugged HDD back in. SSD now boots as the first drive in hard drive priority, HDD is still accessible.

One thing, boot times improved mildly (~22 seconds). Is that an expected time? I've heard people getting much faster (10-15 seconds), but I'm not sure if I should be expecting that. ~8 seconds is waiting for the motherboard to post. Any way to shorten that? If not, I'm happy enough with all the issues resolved and getting slightly better boots.
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a c 523 G Storage
August 16, 2012 8:17:19 PM

That's as good as it's going to get with that chipset. Start saving and upgrade to a AMD 990FX/SB950 chipset based board. Your current cpu & memory should be compatible.
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August 16, 2012 8:33:45 PM

Damn. I think I'll just wait a few years and update to whatever the best cost/performance chipset is there, depending on AMD's and Intel's newest chipset is then. All right, thanks for the help. Definitely won't be going with or recommending an ASUS product to anyone after this. I tried to get ASUS live chat support, the screen sat at "waiting to connect" for ~10 minutes before I gave up.
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