Originally Posted by Ascen5sion
Is my system that old? I'm not running in AHCI. I need to read more about switching. When I did I was no longer about to boot up. It might be a couple of years old but still a very capable system IMO.
First off sorry if I offended you. I did say older, not old. In my mind at least there's a difference. I didn't start seeing those lighting fast boot times until the x77 generation boards. They are all faster than my older systems. Some are faster than others though. The fact is I doubt your board is running SATA 3 so you loose half your speed right there. Then you've got to take into account that that board just takes longer to post. Also with a clone you've accumulated things that are just going to add to the boot times. Welcome to Windows it happens to everybody. If you've ever had more than the most basic of installs that you never touch it's going to slow down. I believe that your system is still very capable. I've wondered over the years at what point we could just stop upgrading. When I started this it was a challenge to play HD video. Then the next challenge was HD audio. Now that's pretty simple. So I'm not knocking your machine I'm just telling you why it won't boot as fast as a Z77 system.
Go to this link in Internet Explorer. It's a Microsoft Knowledge base article. It will offer you an option to fix the AHCI issue. Once it runs reboot and change to AHCI mode. I've used it myself a couple of times so I know it works. Then get AS SSD and see what your drive is doing. It's free and only a couple of MB so why not.http://support.microsoft.com/kb/922976