Shortening Bootcamp boot time?

Discussion in 'Windows, Linux & Others on the Mac' started by Demigod Mac, Apr 30, 2011.

  1. Demigod Mac macrumors 6502a

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    I just set up my Mac Pro (6-core) with AHCI mode, using a Mercury Extreme SSD. It's blazing fast. However, the Windows 7 speed is lacking in Boot Camp mode.

    Cold boot times:

    Mac OS X: 28 seconds
    Windows 7 (Parallels): 12 seconds
    Windows 7 (Boot Camp): 69 seconds

    Any way to speed things up at all, and why's it take that long?
    I have 12 GB of RAM, if that's what's making the POST process take over twice as long as OS X.
     
  2. thejadedmonkey macrumors 604

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    That's a really good question. Did you install a ton of startup programs/services? Because there's definitely something wrong there.

    My Macbook pro boots to a usable desktop in 50 seconds from the chime, and the desktop finishes loading the gadgets in 71 seconds. This is running on a 2006 Macbook Pro, 5400rpm HDD, Windows Vista, 3gb's of RAM, and includes the time it took me to type in my password.

    From my rough troubleshooting knowledge, there's a AHCI driver maybe that you can install for improved performance? Good luck? :confused:
     
  3. Demigod Mac thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    Already installed the Intel AHCI driver.

    My startup is very slim. Windows 7 boots in 12 seconds on Parallels. I find most of the delay is in the POST process and possibly the initial OS boot. I also suspect it could be due to the large amount of memory I have installed.
     
  4. zwodubber macrumors 6502a

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    Do you have the most recent firmware for your SSD? I'm not sure if it is an issue with the Mercury Extreme or not but I just had to do an update to me seagate momentus XT.

    I also reset the PRAM and SMC and OSX now boots in 19 seconds from the time I touch the power button and win7 boots in about 35 - 40 seconds in bootcamp.

    This is on an MBP core i5 with 8GB of RAM.
     
  5. blevins321 macrumors 68030

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    Something is definitely wrong if OSX takes that long. My 2009 iMac takes 12 seconds once the actual boot begins. The only thing that slows it down is if I have external hard drives plugged in that have to be spun up. I have an OWC Memory Extreme SSD too, and there was recently a firmware update to it. Here is the link to the download. At the moment, it's Windows-only, but since you already run it you're fine there. Make sure to run the update in Boot Camp and not Parallels.
     
  6. Quad5Ny macrumors 6502a

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