How to speed up your boot time in Snow Leopard ?

Discussion in 'MacBook Pro' started by Bryan Yeap, Sep 19, 2010.

  1. Bryan Yeap macrumors newbie

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    I just bought my MBP few weeks ago ... and I realized the boot time is getting a bit longer and i'm kinda frustrated with it ! Is there anyways to speed up my boot time ?
     
  2. wilflare macrumors member

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    Change to a SSD! :D

    what have you installed?

    Go to accounts and check your login items
     
  3. Bryan Yeap thread starter macrumors newbie

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    I only had 1 login item ... Nothing much I have install on my mac except Adobe Creative Suite and Microsoft Office 2007. I also run Onyx once per week
     
  4. Cycom macrumors 6502

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    +1

    I get 15 second boots with my intel x25.
     
  5. rkmac macrumors 6502

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    Definitely that.
    I've got a SSD and my boot times are soooo quick compared to before.
     
  6. spinnerlys Guest

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    What about using the Sleep feature instead of shutting the MBP down? Or do you boot into Windows that often?
     
  7. wilflare macrumors member

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    how do you manage 15secs?
    on my F60, i only get 18 at best
    and with the hp printer installed, it goes till 30 [rawr!]
     
  8. Constantine1337 macrumors 6502

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    Here is one crazy idea: don't shut down you mac. Seriously.
     
  9. wilflare macrumors member

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    this is queer...
    after trying out the sudo periodic commands,
    i managed to go from 30+ to 21.

    but previously, it has always been 18+...
     
  10. alphaod macrumors Core

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    What about queer?
     
  11. spinnerlys Guest

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    Can't "queer" also mean "strange, odd"?
     
  12. Fubar1977 macrumors 6502a

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    As others have said, simply sleep instead of shutting down, no harm will come to you. I get a boot time of around 15secs from cold using a 7200rpm HDD on a 2.4-i5.
    I only shut down maybe once a month.

    As an aside, I find it really funny how obsessed some people get with
    boot times, my Dell/Win7 laptop takes about 2 mins to startup/shutdown. Gives me chance to make a cup of coffee :D
     
  13. Bryan Yeap thread starter macrumors newbie

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    woah 15 seconds ? that's FAST ! so which brand of ssd would you guys recommend ?
     
  14. lewis82 macrumors 68000

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    For speed only, Intel is the way to go. But they are expensive for their capacity. OCZ are a good compromise.

    (Don't rely exclusively on me... I don't even own a SSD :eek:)
     
  15. Evo-L macrumors member

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    This is a little bit of false info here, so I thought I would clarify.

    Intel are no longer the fastest, they have not updated their drives in a while and since SSD's are so new in their development, technology moves fast. They are good drives for sure, but definitely not the fastest (as of now).

    Anyways, you are correct is stating the OCZ are a good compromise because they are the best in the game right now, because they use the SandForce controller. There are a few that use the SandForce controller so its really a matter of picking one with your preferred company.
     
  16. HLdan macrumors 603

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    I find this EXTREMELY hard to believe. I have a 15" MBP 2.4 Core i5 500GB 7200, same model as you. In fact last night I just reformatted the drive so it's clean and my boot times are 30-32 seconds and that's with no start up items. I start the stop watch on my iPod from the time I press the power button. You must be waiting until you see the Apple logo before you count. I've had 2 other Macs with SSD's and 15 seconds is generally the boot time for an SSD. Unless you have the Seagate Momentus XT which still doesn't achieve 15 second boot times.

    An F60? What exactly is that? Doesn't sound like any Mac I've heard of. :p
     
  17. pandamonia macrumors 6502a

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    OMG i hate this. Please dont give out advice when you dont know about the subject

    INTEL(Slow) Vs OCZ (Fast)
     

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  18. Fubar1977 macrumors 6502a

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    I Honestly can`t explain it, I have almost no startup items (rightzoom is pretty much it) but, yep from button pushed to logon screen is 15-20 secs, logon itself takes way less time than typing in my password.
     
  19. iBaloney macrumors 6502

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    wow i get about 35 second boots and i thought that was pretty fast lolz. :(
     
  20. wilflare macrumors member

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    makes me feel bad for my corsair F60..
    did a reinstall AGAIN and i got around 19seconds...

    with the following on login:
    Dropbox
    gfxcardstatus
    Growl
     
  21. TJones macrumors regular

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    Not to diss on people's SSD love but are you sure you need to shut it down all the time instead of just closing the cover and letting it sleep?
     
  22. bamf macrumors 6502

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    Grab SmartSleep and let it do it's thing in "smart sleep" mode. I was getting frustrated for a bit that it would take a minute to sleep and hibernate my machine, now I'm just sleeping it. Takes 3-5 seconds for my machine to sleep and then I just pick it up and go.

    Really isn't much reason to shut down unless you are not going to use the machine for a few days.
     
  23. Old Muley macrumors 6502a

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    2 minutes! Ha! My Dell Latitude D830 (work computer) takes upwards of 13 minutes to go from off to a usable state. I've contacted our internal tech support and they've never been able to improve it. Wish I could do the sleep thing but they have it configured to shut off at 5:30pm regardless of it's state.
     
  24. TJones macrumors regular

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    First keyword: Dell, second keyword there: Latitude. I've never seen a Windows machine properly handle sleep as consistently as a Mac.
     
  25. virk87 macrumors newbie

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    I've been having my MBP for 2 months now and although I did not do a real time count on the time required to boot up my mac, it's definitely less than 30s. About 20s max.

    i have the stock 250gb 5400rpm HD and there's nothing else in it besides some programs like Photoshop, Win7 on Bootcamp and some music files. best to keep media files in an external hdd imo.

    maybe you have too many start-up programs? PC or Mac, I'm against loads of start-up programs. best to keep 'em at a minimum.
     

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