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connecting my USB HDD adds 5 seconds to boot time!

  1. #1


    Dubai
    Posts : 107
    Windows 8.1 Pro

    connecting my USB HDD adds 5 seconds to boot time!


    on a clean Windows 8.1 install, I boot from the ASUS splash screen to the desktop in 5 seconds

    if I connect my external usb 3.0 3 TB WD My Book HDD, the boot akes 10 seconds

    what gives?

    how can I fix that?

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  2. #2


    First check at which stage slowdown is, before of the Login or after.
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  3. #3


    Sydney, Nova Scotia, Canada
    Posts : 6,490
    Windows 10 Education 64 Bit


    Check your BIOS boot order, make sure your internal hard drive is first in the list. If it's not, your BIOS may be trying to boot from the external drive, or checking it to see if it is bootable. Then when it decides its not, it moves on to your internal drive.
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  4. #4


    Dubai
    Posts : 107
    Windows 8.1 Pro


    Quote Originally Posted by CountMike View Post
    First check at which stage slowdown is, before of the Login or after.
    it's during the boot up just before login, if the external HDD is disconnected, I boot up in like 6 seconds, if it is connected, I see the login screen only after 8 or 9 seconds
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  5. #5


    St. Augustine
    Posts : 388
    windows 8.1 64, LT -Windows 10 Home 64


    Just out of curiosity, was the External HDD connected to the PC at the time of the previous shutdown immediately prior to said delayed startup?
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connecting my USB HDD adds 5 seconds to boot time!
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