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Slow boot time with Samsung 840 SSD and USB HDD.

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    Slow boot time with Samsung 840 SSD and USB HDD.


    When my computer boots with out the USB HDD it only takes about 8 sec. But it takes up to a minute with the USB HDD. Is their a way to make Windows wait until desktop show to detect the USB HDD?

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    The answer is NO. When you power up your PC, it's going thru POST trying to identify what device you have connected to your PC. In some case, if you HDD is not clean ie. usable but containing errors, the posting process will delay until it can identify the device. Try to run chkdsk /r /f to ensure that your HDD is clean to see if it improves.
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    Check the Boot Device Arrangement.
    Make Sure SSD is on top of the list, making it the 1st device to be booted.
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    Do you use the usb HDD on a hourly basis or a daily basis, if not I would just safely remove it from the system and only use it when needed. As an alternative, if your router has a usb port on it, you could connect to that and use it as a NAS device.
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    Quote Originally Posted by bassfisher6522 View Post
    Do you use the usb HDD on a hourly basis or a daily basis, if not I would just safely remove it from the system and only use it when needed. As an alternative, if your router has a usb port on it, you could connect to that and use it as a NAS device.
    I would agree on that.
    It is best to unplug any USB device on boot if you are not using it.
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    Quote Originally Posted by topgundcp View Post
    The answer is NO. When you power up your PC, it's going thru POST trying to identify what device you have connected to your PC. In some case, if you HDD is not clean ie. usable but containing errors, the posting process will delay until it can identify the device. Try to run chkdsk /r /f to ensure that your HDD is clean to see if it improves.
    My motherboard have a fastboot feature that only identifies USB keyboard and mouse when posting.
    Will try to scan the the scan the disk and see if windows likes it more.

    Quote Originally Posted by bassfisher6522 View Post
    Do you use the usb HDD on a hourly basis or a daily basis, if not I would just safely remove it from the system and only use it when needed. As an alternative, if your router has a usb port on it, you could connect to that and use it as a NAS device.
    The most of code stuff I do is stored their. My webserver also runs from their. So would be need to plug in the computer most of the time.

    Quote Originally Posted by MrShowdown View Post
    Check the Boot Device Arrangement.
    Make Sure SSD is on top of the list, making it the 1st device to be booted.
    It is and that actually boosted the boot time but now much.
    Last edited by Moberg; 16 Feb 2013 at 12:31. Reason: Spelling
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    Okay now it magically boots fast after I uninstalled some useless programs. Also I have read something about the fastboot in windows 8 and and it appears that windows 8 boots from some kind of cache like hibernation in windows 7. That means that windows don't need to initialize services and other things. So windows 8 only initialize drivers and then goes to desktop.
    src: Delivering fast boot times in Windows 8 - Building Windows 8 - Site Home - MSDN Blogs

    So the problems most have been that windows hadn't built the cache and needed to make a cold boot and then stuck waiting for the usb harddrive.
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    Which programs in-particular did you uninstall? Could be helpful to others install 8 on an SSD.
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