Intel 320 120GB SSD slow

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  1. FlyingFalcon

    FlyingFalcon Notebook Evangelist

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    Hey guys

    I've been missing out on the action here due to exams and stuff. Just got back on track.

    Anyway. I have a problem. I bought an Intel 320 120gb ssd from America two weeks back and I just installed it in my G53JW. I went for Intel because:
    1. Budget
    2. Had to be a non-sandforce controller ssd because of all the glitches i read on the sandforce controller based ones. I cannot RMA because I'm in India so I could not afford to be stuck with glitches.
    3. Laptop does not support SATA3 so had to go with SATA2.

    My problem is my boot up time. I have installed the ssd in the slot that was empty (My laptop came with a 750gb 7200rpm hdd in the first port) because I tried switching ports but when I did so, the panel simply could not be closed because of some things projecting from it which would touch the hdd.
    After installing the ssd and making sure it was in AHCI mode in the bios, i installed all the necessary drivers and softwares and followed some popular guides on tweaking my ssd (followed them to a T). But my boot up is still not very fast. It is faster than when I had my HDD but still not very fast. I use the software called soluto to measure total time to a useable desktop and it shows 44s with everything loaded. My HDD used to do it in 45-48s!!!!

    How do you guys measure boot up time? From after POST till my desktop, it takes 35s when i measured using a stop watch which I think is still slow.

    Please help me out guys. I'm looking forward to your suggestions.

    Regards,
    Vipin
     
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    3. You didn't have to go with SATA II, my M4 is a happy camper in the G73, but that's off topic and the 320 is still a great choice.

    Can you run crystal disk mark and post some numbers, that would be of great help. Also, did you clone the OS or did a clean install?

    Your boot time does seem slow indeed, mine takes 20 secs to boot from pressing the power button to desktop.
     
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    My Kingston mid range SATA II was a quick little thing at booting nothing on SATA III mind but this guide help me loads.

    Make sure you have the latest Intel RST software installed first and then work your way through this guide:

    The SSD Optimization Guide - The SSD Review

    The best things I found were:

    Hibernation off
    System recovery off
    Page filing off
    Windows loading features during boot off

    Sped things up and increased my free space.
     
  4. FlyingFalcon

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    Hello tijo and Yiddo

    I did run CM. The numbers are put up below. :)

    I used a stopwatch to check my bootup time. From the moment I press the power button till my desktop, it takes 39s.

    I did follow that exact same guide, Yiddo.

    I'm using Intel RST version 10.1.0.1008.

    What do you think guys?
     

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    Kinda late right now, i'll boot up my G73 and check my CDM numbers on the m4. At first glance, your numbers do seem rather reasonable.

    EDIT: Just remembered i have the bench i did a few months ago saved on the desktop so here it is:
     

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    Those numbers are fine, compared to mine I only saw 205mb/s Read and 140mb/s write on my old kingston bad boy that is now in my netbook. Did you clone it or reinstall from scratch as Tijo asked?

    Have you tried disabling the windows aesthetics that play during startup and your fancy boot screen?

    I guess mine took in the region of 20-30 seconds in total although I seem to remember it was quite quick.

    Can you run a health check on it using HDD Tune? A full one not a quick one.
     
  7. FlyingFalcon

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    Hey Yiddo and tijo

    I did do a fresh install. Thought i'd clone my old os but then decided against it and did a fresh install. :)
    And no. Both fancyboot and windows startup animation (or whatever the "starting windows" screen is called) are disabled. It saved me around 3s.

    And ok. I will run HDD tune and let you know the health status.

    Thank you very much guys. How do you people measure your bootup time. Some software or the good old stopwatch? :)
     
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    I didn't measure mine but I know it was around 15-20 seconds to get to the log in screen but then probably another 10-15 to get fully into windows and everything loaded as I had tons of gadgets :)
     
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    Yiddo

    I have HDTunePro. Is that the same as HDD Tune? How do I run a health check? I ran a benchmark test. In the health tab, it shows health status as ok.

    I had the animated logo enabled in POST. Made that static. Used a stopwatch to measure bootup time. It takes 37s from the moment i press the power button till my desktop.
     
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    That is not that bad to be honest, if you have the latest drivers for it and have applied all the tweaks and your benchmarks look about right just check again in a month.

    It might just be warming up :p
     
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