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Hey just wondering why my SSD's would start slowing down.... I used to be able to boot up windows before the flag animation finished now it takes a few seconds after its finished.. is there anything i can do to help that or is that just what happens over time?
 
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Hey just wondering why my SSD's would start slowing down.... I used to be able to boot up windows before the flag animation finished now it takes a few seconds after its finished.. is there anything i can do to help that or is that just what happens over time?
It does, but all current SSDs have automatic garbage collection and support for TRIM command which should recover that lost performance. But you can also force this if your SSD comes with a toolkit. For example, Samsung drives come with what they call SSD Magician and you can do it from it. (example)
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Hey just wondering why my SSD's would start slowing down.... I used to be able to boot up windows before the flag animation finished now it takes a few seconds after its finished.. is there anything i can do to help that or is that just what happens over time?

That much of a difference is not because of your SSD is slowing down. I suspect that the slow down is due to Windows' security updates. For example, batch of security updates in May did prolong the boot by 4-5 seconds, so I uninstalled them all and boot time was back to normal.
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The fuller your drive gets the slower the performance will get. Anandtech has a lot of good articles covering this. The only real solutions are to either make a smaller partition than the full drive, to give it more spare area, or make sure to allow it time for TRIM and any internal garbage collection to work.
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That much of a difference is not because of your SSD is slowing down. I suspect that the slow down is due to Windows' security updates. For example, batch of security updates in May did prolong the boot by 4-5 seconds, so I uninstalled them all and boot time was back to normal.

That seems highly unlikely to me and frankly it is foolish to run without installing your security updates. You are definitely leaving yourself more open to malware.

EDIT: After reading a lot of misinformation in this thread (good intentioned of course) I wanted to link this:
http://www.anandtech.com/show/6884/crucial-micron-m500-review-960gb-480gb-240gb-120gb/3
check out how big of a difference the increased spare area makes. This is a very real phenomenon. It has to do with the increased number of read, modify, write operations that happen when a drive gets filled up. OP, how full is your drive?
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... it is foolish to run without installing your security updates. You are definitely leaving yourself more open to malware.

I wholeheartedly agree with the quoted part and I should have clarified in my post above that I do not approve of putting your computer at risk for a questionable performance benefit.

However, I still stand by what I have said - the slowdown is not because of the state of OP's drives. Unless his 830s are filled to the brim, he will not have any RL performance decrease, let alone one where he will be inclined to make a thread about.

Perhaps the OP has installed an internal / external HDD or any USB device recently since their initialization takes more or less during the bootup, as other forum members have noted (didn't cross my mind before).
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He has external back up drive,that is something that can give you a lot of seconds.And it will be good to give us AS-SSD benchmark screenshot.
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I wholeheartedly agree with the quoted part and I should have clarified in my post above that I do not approve of putting your computer at risk for a questionable performance benefit.

However, I still stand by what I have said - the slowdown is not because of the state of OP's drives. Unless his 830s are filled to the brim, he will not have any RL performance decrease, let alone one where he will be inclined to make a thread about.

Perhaps the OP has installed an internal / external HDD or any USB device recently since their initialization takes more or less during the bootup, as other forum members have noted (didn't cross my mind before).

The performance drop from a filled SSD is a very real thing. I did not realize just how much of a difference it made until Anand did some articles about it. Basically 25% must be free to ensure full performance on most drives. I don't know if you checked the link, which only shows the difference between more spare area and less as I can't find the original article without a lot of looking, but it shows the performance difference with full drives and it is significant.
Glad to see the clarification about security updates. I work IT at a local repair shop, we do service for local residential users and local small businesses, and there are so many people following poor security practices and getting all kinds of malware, scamware, and other junk on their computers.
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Have you ensured that TRIM and garbage collection are running, and you're not full?
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