How fast should an SSD boot Windows?

Discussion in 'Memory and Storage' started by Doggiedog, Jan 12, 2011.

  1. Doggiedog

    Doggiedog Lifer

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    I was under the impression that Windows would load up in about 5 seconds. I think I am getting about 30 seconds for Window 7 x64 on my Corsair F120.

    I just built a new rig from scratch coming from a C2D E6600 so I'm still tweaking everything. I'd just like to know if this is about normal for an SSD. My WEI is 7.7.
     
  2. COPOHawk

    COPOHawk Senior member

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    My setup takes longer in BIOS than it does to boot Windows...maybe 30 sec total.

    Of course, I have the SSD, 4 hard drives, a floppy drive and two DVD drives...I should be thankful it doesn't take longer ;)
     
  3. Viper GTS

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    Disk speed can only help so much, there are lots of things during the boot process that take how long they take and there is nothing you can do to shorten it.

    Thirty seconds sounds about right, and in line with two of my SSD equipped systems (one of which is a 2500k with a F120).

    Viper GTS
     
  4. Doggiedog

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    Ah OK.

    Thanks!
     
  5. Nothinman

    Nothinman Elite Member

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    Yea a friend was testing out his new build here at work with his SSD and he had Ubuntu installed which did boot in ~6s after POST was finished, but Windows still took upwards of 30s or more to actually be usable. You may be able to get that down a bit, but not very much just because of the time it takes Windows services to start.
     
  6. Emulex

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    7s with hardware-state caching on win7
    6s for OSX

    most of the time its the hardware checks that slow things down like ram check, new hardware check, raid init timeout, etc.

    don't get so hungup - you should only need to boot like once a week or so.
     
  7. Voo

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    Yeah, so you can just change some services to delayed start. Also worth to look what stuff gets auto started (lots of software puts itself there if you aren't careful~), but all in all a ubuntu install will still be a good bit faster, especially on lower end CPUs.
     
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    12-15 seconds for my system.
     
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    On my machine it reports 34-36 seconds most times. 20 of it, is bios.
     
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  10. taltamir

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    just an FYI, while an SSD will not be all that great for boot speed as explained here by others, it greatly improves a variety of other performance metrics.
    Game level/texture loading for example.
     
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    also browser performance, especially if you use a large webcache of pages you have previously viewed, and a variety of productivity and creativity apps that use a lot of disk
     
  12. Doggiedog

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    I had to switch my Steam folder over from the SSD to a RAID drive. My 120GB SSD was getting filled too quickly.
     
  13. taltamir

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    only install to the SSD the games that need it.
     
  14. Doggiedog

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    Can you do that with Steam?
     
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    I noticed that a desktop quad-core with SSD, only booted 2 sec faster than my dual-core laptop with a 5400RPM magnetic drive. Both with Win7 64-bit Home Premium.
     
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    not easily. you would have to set virtual paths. or install fewer games.
    any other source of games lets you chose your install directory.
     
  17. DominionSeraph

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    Upgrade to XP?
     
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    My 2.5 year old laptop with the 60gb vertex 2 cold boots in 24sec. Bios inilization and loading until the os takes the majority of the time
     
  19. Zap

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    You got it backwards. It isn't a 5 second boot. It is saving 5 seconds on boot. :)

    Actually, the boot time doesn't tell the whole story. How quickly after the Windows desktop comes up can you do... stuff? For instance, as soon as you see the Windows desktop, try opening your web browser right away. Now, try it on a system with a HDD. Now do you notice a difference? ;)

    And yeah, how long it takes Windows to boot is nothing. My X58 motherboard takes just as long to POST and stuff before Windows even starts to load. :(
     
  20. Rifter

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    My brand new intel 120GB boots in 5-6 seconds after selecting windows from my boot loader, so obviously that doesnt count the time the BIOS/POST takes.
     
  21. Doggiedog

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    Ah! I got oversold and under-delivered!!

    Things do seem quicker but I'm coming from a 3YO C2D E6600 to a SB 2600K.
     
  22. hal2kilo

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    40 seconds with my Vostro 1700 powered by a T9300, with the boot GUI turned off and both processors turned on.

    Depends on your systems POST, and bios tests. 5 seconds, never happen.
     
  23. sxr7171

    sxr7171 Diamond Member

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    With the Air it's like once a month and it boots fast.

    With Windows I've personally never gotten much faster than 15s after post. But then again I don't know anything about hardware-state caching.
     
  24. IntelUser2000

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    Hahaha. Summarized it perfectly.

    SSDs boot so fast even POST is sped up. My system boots up fully usable in Windows in 5 seconds from pushing the power button. No joke.
     
  25. pcslookout

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    May you show a video of your system booting up in 5 seconds from pushing the power button please ?
     
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