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Windows 7: With new SSD, Windows still loading something from mechanical drive

15 Aug 2011   #1
Quatrix

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With new SSD, Windows still loading something from mechanical drive

I just moved my Windows 7 partition to an SSD. While everything loads much faster, I still hear the mechanical drive being accessed on the boot logo screen and for a few seconds after the desktop appears. I have the page file, temp folder, and other system stuff all on the SSD. The only thing I think it should access on a mechanical partition is the wallpaper, but that's 2 MB max. Is there a way to have Windows log all of the files that are being accessed during boot?


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15 Aug 2011   #2
Maguscreed

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Windows 7 x64
 
 

It may still be looking there for some drivers and programs as well.
It's more than likely still using the bootmgr on the mechanical too.
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15 Aug 2011   #3
Quatrix

Windows 7 Professional x64
 
 

The old Windows 7 partition is backed up and hidden on a second mechanical drive. I use GRUB, which is still on the (main/active) mechanical drive, but it has already passed control to the Windows boot loader on the SSD and shouldn't account for a lot of disk access.

Regarding drivers and programs, are you suggesting that the registry points to nonexistent items and Windows searches through all of the partitions to find them?
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15 Aug 2011   #4
Maguscreed

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Anything listed in registry the system can't find will significantly slow boot time. You could try using msconfig to disable the start items on a reboot and see if your problem is reduced or removed.
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