View Full Version : PC takes 7 seconds longer to boot with a SATA drive added?

02-18-2017, 05:28 PM
Hi Guys,

i am running a Hero IX and use a m.2 evo as the primary drive. when i added my WD 3TB data drive it has added a further 7 seconds to boot times. Anyone got any tips or bios settings that will get rid of this delay?

02-18-2017, 10:24 PM
I'm using an M.2 SSD and two HDDs myself and it takes a pretty long time for my PC to boot. I won't be surprised if there's no way to speed it up, but if there is a way, I'd like to hear it.
I turned off Fast Boot in the bios and it seems to be about a couple seconds quicker, ironically. Maybe you could try changing that setting and see if it makes any difference.

02-19-2017, 12:24 AM
Verify the boot sequence in bios is set to m.2 windows boot drive first. I have m.2 and 2 other drives but in my boot sequence i only have windows boot drive showing and removed the other 2 drives from it

02-19-2017, 04:48 AM
Repeat after me

Repeat slowly at boot time and by the time you are done so is the extra few seconds.

Its not so much as it is the SATA drive as it is an antiquated spinner. It will be compounded if its a 5400 rpm drive. It has to spin up and look for a boot file unless you go into the BIOS and make sure the drive is not in your boot sequence period you'll have to wait.

02-19-2017, 05:11 AM
You can go into windows and change in the BOOT section to do a partial initialization. Basically you want to choose only the booting hard drive to be loaded at boot. The computer should then boot into windows and initialize the other hard drive after it is in windows.

The reason it is taking longer is your computer has to send a signal to the slower hard drive, have it slightly spin up then send a signal back as the drivers are loaded. SSD's don't need to spin up so it is faster.

02-19-2017, 03:17 PM

thanks for the info, sorry to be a pain but where do i do this?

i have looked in disk management and boot, but cant see where i would change this. it is no bother formatting if i need to as everything is backed up



02-19-2017, 05:48 PM
Partial initialization has nothing to do with the difference when you attach a spinner. All partial initialization does is rearranges boot items. You get to desktop faster but then the same things still have to load and now you wait even longer as they are loading with the OS already up.

Your delay is being caused before it even gets to the boot sector. Look in your BIOS under boot tab and disable everything but your boot drive so its not looking on the spinner also disable CSM but this may cause you issues if you didnt load the OS with it set to CSM disabled.

The caveat to this is you will have to go set it all back to the default values if you want to boot from the USB, DVD or any other device.

One more alternative is to scrap the spinner and use an SSD instead or store your media on a NAS.

If it was me Id just leave it. Not worth the hassle of 7 seconds. You've already expended enough time chasing 7 seconds to get a years worth by simply checking the messages on your phone instead of obsessing over the splash screen being up a little longer. This is one thing I've just never understood. 5 minutes to boot, OK legitimate gripe. 37 seconds instead of 30? In the grand scheme of things a few more seconds on boot has nothing to do with performance, using a spinner instead of an SSD has a monumental hit on performance.

02-23-2017, 03:59 PM
hi guys,

i turned off 'fastboot' and i am now down to 21 seconds boot time. which is getting better. why is it longer with fastboot enabled :D

so any other tips to improve boot times? someone mentioned turning off memory tests but i am not sure where this is done?

02-24-2017, 12:30 AM
so any other tips to improve boot times?

Installing Windows in UEFI mode and disabling unused devices.