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post #11 of 19
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On a side note:
One of the largest speed boosts you'll get is from an SSD like the Crucial M4 64GB Model (since it's cheap). It literally transforms your desktop experience.
Performance hyperbole; take a look at my 5+ year old notebook running a WD Scorpio Black:



That's a $50, 320GB hard drive, folks...

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I understand switching from a HDD to an SSD would make my bootup a lot faster, but I really don't think it should take four minutes for my computer to boot with an HDD unless something is really wrong.

I'll try that tool, Blazed. Hoping a drive isn't dying, but it will be nice to know if it is.
As I just showed with that image, it shouldn't take anywhere near that long; run HD Tune as aforementioned, but also Data Lifeguard Diagnostic for Windows (a WD program; download if from their site). Run the extended test and report back with your results from that and HD Tune.
post #12 of 19
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Sorry about getting so much time to get around to this, I just lost track of the last week.

I ran both harddrive utilities, and they both said my bootup drive was 100% clear.

I also took a screencap of that BootStart utility (albeit, after a reboot, which is faster than a cold boot, and still a good 30 seconds before my computer finished starting up and my desktop icons showed up), and it timed it at 1:36.

Any ideas?
post #13 of 19
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Updated my sig rig to reflect what I'm actually running now. Would the consensus still be that my graphics card could use an upgrade?
post #14 of 19
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Updated my sig rig to reflect what I'm actually running now. Would the consensus still be that my graphics card could use an upgrade?
For games yes, but it should not affect your boot time. Long shot but the only place that could cause issues is loading the aero theme.

Run memory diagnostics on your RAM, chkdsk on your drives and look for any errors.

How long has your current OS install been running for and how many processes do you have running after the boot?
     
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post #15 of 19
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Current install has been current for about a year now, I think. Though, I don't use my main desktop too much anymore (I have a good laptop, and it takes too long for it to boot for me to usually bother).

Pretty sure it's running all 4 cores. Or at least Task Manager tells me so.

I was thinking of upgrading my harddrive. The one I have right now I think is running 5000RPM, maybe jumping to a 7200 or 10k would help? Plus, I want to try out Win8, so getting another harddrive would help with that...
post #16 of 19
definately upgrade the HDD then, which one depends on what you want to spend and how much space you need!
     
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post #17 of 19
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Yeah, I was checking Newegg earlier today on harddrive prices. Think I found a pretty good $75 that I can switch to.
post #18 of 19
green hard disks are not that fast.. get a blue or a black or something which doesn't do a lot of power saving and you will be okay..

also remove all unwanted items from startup and defrag your hard disk..

that should get your boot times small..
post #19 of 19
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Yeah, already done and done with the startup and defrag. My main disk is pretty constantly sitting at 2% fragmentation, so... yeah.

Slow harddrive is what I'm thinking the major issue is, now that I really think about it.
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