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Slower that expected boot time on Samsung 840 Pro 256 GB SSD

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I very recently purchased a Samsung 840 Pro 256 GB SSD for my now 6 month old build. I can say that I am pleased with the drive. I had anticipated 10 second boot times with this drive, but try as I may the best I've consistently seen is 32 seconds boot time and shutdown time of 5 seconds. This comes after optimizing the Windows 7 Ultimate (64 bit), tweaking the UEIF, taking out USB devices etc. Only thing I haven't messed with is the page files. With 32 GB RAM the page files should be a moot point. It's got to be something in the POST process? I am hoping that someone smarter than I am has a rig with similar components and has figured this out already, any takers?

This is my rig as it sits now:

Motherboard
ASUS P8Z77-V DELUXE LGA 1155 Intel Z77 HDMI SATA 6Gbs /USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard

Processor
Intel Core i7-3770K Ivy Bridge 3.5GHz (3.9GHz Turbo) LGA 1155 77W
Quad-Core Desktop Processor Intel HD Graphics

Video
EVGA 02G-P4-2680-KR GeForce GTX 680 2GB 256-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 3.0 x16 HDCP Ready SLI Support Video Card

Random Access Memory:
G.SKILL Trident X Series 32GB (4 x 8GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 2400 (PC3 19200) Desktop Memory Model F3-2400C10Q-32GTX

Power Supply:
Corsair AX1200i 1200W Professional Platinum Series with Corsair Link ATX12V v2.31 & EPS 2.92

Cooling:
CPU:
Corsair Hydro Series H100 Extreme Performance Liquid CPU Cooler

Case:
Air Series SP120 High Performance Edition High Static Pressure 120mm Fan Twin Pack (Top, Intake on H100 radiator)
Air Series SP120 High Performance Edition High Static Pressure 120mm Fan (Rear, exhaust)
Air Series SP120 High Performance Edition High Static Pressure 120mm Fans X4 (Side Panel, Intake)
Stock Corsair 200mm (Front, Intake)

Case:
Corsair Obsidian Series 650D Mid-Tower Case
Side Mesh Panel (replaced plexiglass window)

Monitors:
HP (Hewlett-Packard) Pavilion 2511x 25" LED LCD Monitor - 5 ms
Dell S2409W 24-inch Widescreen Flat Panel Monitor HD

Solid State Drive:
Samsung 840 Pro Series MZ-7PD256BW SATA III, 256 GB

Re-purposed components:
Hauppauge WinTV HVR-1800 (Model 78xxx, Combo ATSC/QAM)

Seagate Barracuda 7200.12 ST31000528AS 1TB 7200 RPM 32MB Cache SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive

Seagate Barracuda 7200.12 ST3500418AS 25PK 500GB 7200 RPM 16MB Cache SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive

Seagate Backup Plus 3 TB USB 3.0 Desktop External Hard Drive (STCA3000101)

LG Electronics BH12LS38 Blu-ray Disc Rewriter Internal SATA 12x Super Multi Blue LightScribe

Canon PIXMA MX870 Wireless Office All-in-One Printer


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Did you make sure you are using AHCI mode?
Edited by Watagump - 6/21/13 at 5:41am
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You're clearly in AHCI mode from the AS SSD screenshot, using an IRST driver, so that's not an issue.

Some boards boot slower than others, but your's should not be slow.

Have you checked your Startup programs? That makes a difference in boot time. Just search Windows for Startup programs, or in Control Panel, Admin Tools, and System Configuration. Click the Startup tab and see what you've got. If you've never done this, you'll be surprised at all the... stuff that auto starts when Windows boots for NO good reason.

You can simply disable anything you think you can do without starting in the background, which will not break anything permanently, and you can always enable them again. For example, the Samsung Magician software auto runs on startup, so it can check for firmware updates... is that a waste or what? So many programs do that, ridiculous.

HDDs are slow to start, and if you have that external HDD on when you boot, that will slow things down.

If you have all the software to control your BD drive installed, that all starts when Windows boots. Even the audio software for my boards onboard audio chip was flagged by Windows as slowing down the boot process in a Windows log.

Keep in mind that the super-fast booting PCs you see in videos, have one SSD and no other drives in the PC, no optical drive connected, few if any add on cards, and most of the usual Windows services stopped manually.
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