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    I'm also not sure why it seems to take Windows longer to load than other videos I've seen online. During Windows load, the hard drive light is off most of the time but I don't see how since the processor is no slouch, nor is there much hooked up to the pc. I've turned off everything including aero, the network and Windows' networking services, with no improvement in loading times.

    Maybe electricity is faster in your part of the world

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    Mmm....it seems your BIOS to windows startup screen beats mine by 2 secs! Nice - but, you have something amiss in Windows, where I'm around 5-6 secs ahead of you - please bear in mind this is on my Zotac with XP SP3, full, standard version.

    My Commell LS-373 does the same on W7, around 23 seconds to stable desktop - that's pretty quick through the bios, maybe 4-6 seconds on the Zotac - and the LS-372 is again 1-2sec quicker than my LS-373 - I had the LS-372 before.

    Your SSD is pretty good, and for this application, that is an excellent choice - don't worry about the writes to much, in carputers, it's the reads that we use more often.

    Anyway, have a looky at these W7 tweaks, and note especially ssd drive settings, as well as page file.

    My pagefile is on the SSD, best place for it to be acording to the author.

    Just do those applicable changes, and retest?

    Keep us posted!
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    Quote Originally Posted by mrbean_phillip View Post
    Mmm....it seems your BIOS to windows startup screen beats mine by 2 secs! Nice - but, you have something amiss in Windows, where I'm around 5-6 secs ahead of you - please bear in mind this is on my Zotac with XP SP3, full, standard version.
    No, your numbers are quicker than mine. My 12 seconds is just POST to Windows. There is still a 6 second pause before that, making it 18 seconds total from power button to windows loading (4 seconds slower). I AM leaving my controller in AHCI mode though as native command queuing is still a little useful with Intel's SSD controller.

    Quote Originally Posted by mrbean_phillip View Post
    Your SSD is pretty good, and for this application, that is an excellent choice - don't worry about the writes to much, in carputers, it's the reads that we use more often.
    Until you are doing this, which I do NOT recommend leaving on the SSD:

    Quote Originally Posted by mrbean_phillip View Post
    My pagefile is on the SSD, best place for it to be acording to the author.
    I've made Windows 7 tweaks already and saw no difference in boot times. I did these more for protecting the SSD's memory blocks. While the pagefile is the worst on wear and tear, the following will also quickly wear an SSD out if the drive is otherwise full: temporary files, internet browser cache, and log files. If you fill an SSD to 99%, those few remaining bytes will be overwritten time and time again, quickly wearing out the flash memory. Intel's 34nm SSD's are only rated for 1,000 write cycles per block (down from 3,000 for the 50nm version). Some blocks may survive over 10,000 but the guarantee isn't there. SLC is good for something like 100,000 writes.

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