Windows 10: Extreme slow boot time since eSATA HDD addition

Discus and support Extreme slow boot time since eSATA HDD addition in Windows 10 Support to solve the problem; Hi all, My system uses a SSD drive and Fast Boot option in Windows (Hibernate = YES). Also, my BIOS is set to Fast Boot option. Usually, from cold... Discussion in 'Windows 10 Support' started by gil, Oct 8, 2018.

  1. GIL
    gil Win User

    Extreme slow boot time since eSATA HDD addition


    Hi all,

    My system uses a SSD drive and Fast Boot option in Windows (Hibernate = YES).
    Also, my BIOS is set to Fast Boot option.


    • Usually, from cold boot it will log in within 8 seconds on average.
    • For a PC restart, it takes about 15~20 seconds to login. Pretty manageable.

    It's worth noting that cold boot uses the hiber.sys file when fast boot option is enabled in windows.
    This file is not being used for PC restart.

    Since I added a HDD eSATA enclosure that can host two HDDs, I've experienced slow boot times.
    With 1 HDD it would take about 20 seconds to login from PC restart, but with the additional 2nd HDD it got to about 60+ seconds to login.

    Things I've done:
    • I've disabled some none windows, none crucial startup services to no avail.
    • My motherboard is quite old - Asus P8Z77-V-Deluxe.
      It uses Asmedia 106x SATA Controller. The eSata drivers for it are from 21/08/2017 version 3.2.3.0.
      I've installed this driver after I experienced the slow boot time in the hope to achieve better results, but it didn't improve anything.
    • Removed BitDefender to no avail. Installed back.
    • In group policy, I've enabled Windows Boot Performance Diagnostics but I've yet to gather meaningful data.
    • Lastly, disconnected the eSATA HDD enclosure - Windows boots in 8 seconds. Clearly this has to do with the eSATA connection or HDD's.


    My questions are:
    • Is there a dedicated diagnostic tool for windows boot time that can point what's holding up to boot process?
    • Do you think it's better to use USB 3.0 instead of the eSATA to improve on the time? or is it the enclosure controller that holds windows boot time?

    That's the eSATA HDD enclosure I'm using:
    Vantec NexStar MX Dual 3.5 SATA to USB 3.0 and eSATA W/JBOD/RAID 0/1 Enclosure 690000346712 | eBay

    :)
     
  2. GIL
    gil Win User

    External eSATA HDD culprit for long boot times (?)


    This is how my BIOS is set up to minimize boot seek times. Do you think it's correct?


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    Extreme slow boot time since eSATA HDD addition [​IMG]



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  3. Windows 10 Not Detecting 2.5" Laptop HDD Through eSata

    Hello Romil,

    Thank you for posting your query in Microsoft Community.

    We regret the inconvenience caused to you. We will assist you with this issue.

    It would be grateful if you can reply to this question in order to assist you further.

    1. Is the issue persists with the particular External hard drive?

    2. What is the make and model of your External Hard drive?

    3. Did you try using different USB port and check if the HDD is getting detected?

    For now try the steps from the below link and check if it helps:

    1) Shut down your system.
    2) Plug the HDD drive into the PC through eSata port, and turn on the ESATA drive.

    3) Next turn on the PC.

    4) If the PC freezes during boot, reboot it, and it usually detects ESATA correctly and boots normally.

    5) Check if the system is detecting the drive now.

    Let us know the status of the issue. We will be glad to assist you further.

    Thank you.
     
    Sangeeta Sarkar, Oct 8, 2018
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  4. Solaris17 Win User

    Extreme slow boot time since eSATA HDD addition

    Additional HDD

    sata or IDE? im banking IDE.

    pull both jumpers off. both drives.

    plug the IDE cable in like so. it goes a certain way.

    '''''''''''''''''''''''''Short
    L----------L----L <Ribbon
    I...............I......I
    Mobo.........2.....1
    ...............(Slave)..(Master)

    connect 120GB HDD no jumper onto the connector of the short side of the cable (1 master).

    connect 160GB HDD no jumper to 2 slave.

    make sure mobo end is seated correctly. power is in. boot board.

    go into bios set HDD 120GB as primary boot device. then go into the HDD list and make sure the 120GB is at the top of the list.

    make sure AHCI/IDE are set appropriately for your board. especially if a bios reset has happened.

    if this does not work. put jumpers on both HDD's on the CS pins (cable select pins are marked on the plastic, the pcb or a sticker showing you which 2 pins are M, S, CS)

    then repeat steps as necessary.
     
    Solaris17, Oct 8, 2018
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