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Just curious for where my netbook stands.

CRITERIA:

What HDD are you using?
What RPM is the HDD?
SATA I, II, or III?
What OS?
Boot time?
(Optional) embed a video

I'll start off...

Seagate Momentus 5400.6
5400
SATA II
Windows Vista Ultimate SP2 32-bit
OS selection to password: about 25 sec, and about 25 sec for shutdown
Edited by tmcclelland455 - 8/22/13 at 4:52pm
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Was about to post than I realized it's for HDD's.
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    I have tested two computers here.  I may post more in the future.  I took the liberty of adding a "System info" line, because it is quite relevant to boot speed.

    Some "standards" should be set in order to get results on a level playing field as far as times are concerned.  I highly recommend doing it this way:
  1. Logged in as an Administrator, press [Win]+[R], type "control userpasswords2", press [Enter], and untick "Users must enter a username and password..."  Click [OK], and enter your username and password.  This will cause the PC to auto-login upon booting, which will get a consistent "desktop" time.
  2. Shutdown (turn off) the PC.
  3. With stopwatch in hand, press the power button and stopwatch start button simultaneously.
  4. Wait for the computer to POST.
  5. As soon as the OS selection dialog is dismissed (if you have one; or as soon as the OS splash screen appears, or as soon as the HDD starts churning), hit the "hold" button on your stopwatch.
  6. Quickly write the elapsed time down on a paper and then "unlock" your stopwatch.
  7. As soon as the desktop icons appear fully (blank icons not yet loaded don't count), hit the "stop" button on your stopwatch and write down the time elapsed.
  8. Clear the stopwatch and wait for the computer to become idle.
  9. Press [Win]+[R], type "control userpasswords2", press [Enter], and retick"Users must enter a username and password..." and click [OK].
  10. Click the desktop, press [Alt]+[F4] and select "Shutdown."
  11. Press [Enter] and the start button on your stopwatch simultaneously.
  12. As soon as your computer shuts off power, stop your stopwatch and write down the time elapsed.

    The first number you got (splash screen appears) is the POST time.  The second number minus the first number is the "boot to desktop" time.  The third number is "shutdown" time. thumb.gif


What HDD are you using: WD10EZEX (1 TB)
What RPM is the HDD: 7200 RPM with 64 MB cache
SATA I, II, or III: Not sure; HDD is SATA III, mobo is SATA II.  HwInfo says SATA III, BIOS leaves that field blank, as if it is running at an unsupported speed.
What OS: Windows 7 Ultimate x64
System info: 2.2 GHz Core2 Duo CPU with 4 GB DDR2 RAM
Boot time: 30.3 POST, 8.9 desktop, 8.0 shutdown


What HDD are you using:  WD2500JS-60NCB1 (250 GB)
What RPM is the HDD:  7200 RPM with 8 MB cache
SATA I, II, or III: SATA II
What OS:  Windows 7 Ultimate x64
System info: 2.6 GHz Athlon 5050e CPU with 4 GB DDR2 RAM
Boot time:  19.8 POST, 15.2 desktop, 7.5 shutdown
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