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Hi again!

I have an SSD from which I boot win7 64bit. It is controlled by a raid controller along with 2x 1TB seagates, but it is not a part of their volume. Now, I get very fast (under ten seconds) boot times normally, but after buying and setting up the two HDDs which I just referenced, my boot time has gone from fast to over 30 seconds. frown.giffrown.giffrown.gif (counting only the "starting windows" logo)

I have discovered that by disabling this stripped volume(the HDDs, not the SSD) in device manager before rebooting returns boot speed back to its original fast speed, as if windows lingers at the non-boot drives wondering which it should boot from. I am asking is there a way to do this automatically? I don't want to have to manually disable my HDDs every time I reboot tongue.gif I tried to set up devcon.exe with task scheduler, but I don't know how to trigger an event upon shutdown, or even if it would work....

Any help?
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You got your boot priority set to the SSD in BIOS?
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So basically you set your Hardware Controller to RAID for the HDD, correct?

If you have RAID turned on, then the SSD is limited by the controller, unfortunately.. frown.gif

If you don't have raid then you need to make sure the SSD is plugged into the fastest SATA Port & that you are NOT using IDE mode in the bios for your hardware! If you do not have ACHI installed you will not be able to boot windows if you turn it on in the bios, you must install it FIRST in the OS! (Use google to learn how to do this)

Other than that I cannot help you...
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@kyle Yes, it is set as the first boot-drive. Though, now that I think about it, the HDDs are set to follow, not disabled from boot options entirely.....I will check that out and get back to you. smile.gif

@GTech Yeah, I read up on all of that as part of installing my SSD. I use 6Gb/s SATA cords for all drives, and they are set to 6gb/s in bios, etc.
As regards what you said ("If you have RAID turned on, then the SSD is limited by the controller, unfortunately..") I must apologize for my wording. I don't disable the Raid0 HDDs through BIOS, but through the device manager. Therefore, when I disabled them and noticed that my boot time went back down, the SSD was still controlled by the Raid controller....so...yeah...
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if your mobo has 2 controllers one for raid and one for AHCI then i would move the SSD over to the ACHI controller and leave the others on the raid controller, that should cure what ail's ya
    
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Have you updated your RAID controller's drivers? It sounds like this could be the issue, if not you can see what is taking time on the bootchain:
http://www.techrepublic.com/blog/window-on-windows/use-windows-7-event-viewer-to-track-down-issues-that-cause-slower-boot-times/3253
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Originally Posted by outtamymind;14598345 
if your mobo has 2 controllers one for raid and one for AHCI then i would move the SSD over to the ACHI controller and leave the others on the raid controller, that should cure what ail's ya

Oh I know I would have done that from the beginning, my SSD gets WEI of 7.9 when an normal AHCI controller operates it. As it is now (raid) it only gets 7.3; I've been told that Raid has AHCI integrated so there should be no difference.

Sadly, my motherboard (asus m4a88td-v evo/usb3) won't let me run both an ahci and a raid at the same time.

@kyle Hey I verified your suggestion, but even though SSD is set as the *only* boot device, there is no increase in performance. "Starting Windows" clocks in at an amazing 41 seconds, as compared to 9 seconds when the raided magnetic disks are disabled through windows device manager.
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Originally Posted by wcdolphin;14598400 
Have you updated your RAID controller's drivers? It sounds like this could be the issue, if not you can see what is taking time on the bootchain:
http://www.techrepublic.com/blog/window-on-windows/use-windows-7-event-viewer-to-track-down-issues-that-cause-slower-boot-times/3253

They are the newest drivers that are available through Asus's website for the board I'm using (M4A88TD-V evo/Usb3)

Edit: Yeah, I've looked at many articles about using the event viewer to troubleshoot, but I get kinda muddled. I have a high BootSmssInitTime (28 seconds) and my MainPathBootTime is normally between 46 and 52 seconds.
Edited by Conzul - 8/15/11 at 11:23pm
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ok ya i just looked up your mobo, disregard my previous post. try updating the drivers, if not, the only thing i can think of that is slowing down the boot speed is the fact that the boot process now has to go through another controller to initialize the other drives, thus causing a slight hang while it waits for them to become active.
    
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Originally Posted by outtamymind;14598445 
ok ya i just looked up your mobo, disregard my previous post. try updating the drivers, if not, the only thing i can think of that is slowing down the boot speed is the fact that the boot process now has to go through another controller to initialize the other drives, thus causing a slight hang while it waits for them to become active.

Is there anything I can do about this? I heard about using devcon.exe to delay certain windows tasks to increase boot performance....I just don't know how to set up the triggers so that my magnetic drives will initialize *after* startup....
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