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Why does my brother's HDD boot as fast as my Crucial m4 256 GB?

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How come my brother's HDD (it is some Seagate 7200 RPM drive) boots about as fast as my Crucial m4 256 GB? I have minimal boot-up programs (actually pretty much nothing out the ordinary). We are both using Windows 7 Ultimate.
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How much free space do you have on your SSD?
 
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What sata ports are you using..?
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Quote:
Originally Posted by OkanG View Post

How much free space do you have on your SSD?

204 GB.
Quote:
Originally Posted by Davayy View Post

What sata ports are you using..?

SATA port 0 on the Intel controller.

I know my drive is performing just fine according to AS SSD.
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post #5 of 18
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Here is a recent AS SSD benchmark.

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post #6 of 18
To test, add a bunch of programs to the start-up folder, and see who's boots and opens the programs faster. That will tell you who has the faster drive.
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post #7 of 18
Quote:
Originally Posted by Sprkd1 View Post

204 GB.
SATA port 0 on the Intel controller.
I know my drive is performing just fine according to AS SSD.
Nevermind, you've posted them.
EDIT: Notice you're running 000F firmware; there is a newer, updated firmware available. Here.
Not sure how much of a difference you will notice, but always worth a try.
Also, what boot up times are you looking at?
Edited by Davayy - 11/22/12 at 11:47am
post #8 of 18
Thread Starter 
Quote:
Originally Posted by Davayy View Post

Nevermind, you've posted them.
EDIT: Notice you're running 000F firmware; there is a newer, updated firmware available. Here.
Not sure how much of a difference you will notice, but always worth a try.
Also, what boot up times are you looking at?

I didn't update to the latest firmware because I heard there were some issues with UEFI. Didn't want to take the risk.

As for boot time, I think it is somewhere between 20-30 seconds including POST but I'll verify later.
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post #9 of 18
Are you guys using the same motherboard?
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post #10 of 18
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Quote:
Originally Posted by townending View Post

Are you guys using the same motherboard?

He as a 2500 (non-K) and I have a 3930K. Both GIGABYTE motherboards.

I just tested my boot time and it was 40 seconds from power-on to Windows.
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Crucial m4 256 GB Western Digital Caviar Black 2 TB Pioneer BDR-206DBK Corsair Hydro Series H100 
CoolingOSMonitorKeyboard
2 x Scythe GentleTyphoon 1850 rpm fans for H100 Microsoft Windows 10 Pro 64-bit ASUS ROG Swift PG279Q Microsoft SideWinder X4 
PowerCaseMouseMouse Pad
Corsair Professional Series Gold AX850 Corsair Obsidian Series 650D Logitech G9x SteelSeries QcK mini 
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