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connecting my USB HDD adds 5 seconds to boot time!

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on a clean Windows 8.1 install, I boot from the ASUS splash screen to the desktop in 5 seconds

if I connect my external usb 3.0 3 TB WD My Book HDD, the boot akes 10 seconds

what gives?

how can I fix that?
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on a clean Windows 8.1 install, I boot from the ASUS splash screen to the desktop in 5 seconds

if I connect my external usb 3.0 3 TB WD My Book HDD, the boot akes 10 seconds

what gives?

how can I fix that?

Sounds about normal. Try checking the BIOS to see if there's a way to disable initialization of USB devices.
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Its searching for an OS on that drive as well for Dual-boot. Go to your BIOS and disable it in the bootup list.
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But I just checked, I have nothing else other than the Windows Boot manager, all other entries I deleted before

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Hmm, then its probably just checking for drives in the system in general then. Not sure on your BIOS but mine will let me pick which devices to scan for on POST, I can set it to Boot drive only, All Hard Drives, and All Sata Devices.

Also make sure USB boot is off.
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Happens whenever I have a drive connected via USB. Boot-up is a little slower. Doesn't matter whether or not BIOS is set to boot from drive/USB.

Doesn't seem like anything's "broken". I'm sure someone can explain it.
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I just noticed, the delay doesn't happen in the BIOS initial startup screen

for one, my BIOS is UEFI so there is no POST.

Secondly, you know that animated circle of Windows loading? that's what takes double the time when the external USB HDD is connected so I don't think the delay has anything to do with my boot options.

but just to be on the safe side, I only enabled the Windows Boot Manager in the BIOS boot options as you can see from the above image.

It's Windows causing the slow down when there is an external HDD connected

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Edited by MaXimus666 - 4/23/14 at 1:08am
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