What is your boot times SSD owners?

Discussion in 'iMac' started by Flint12345, Aug 16, 2010.

  1. Flint12345 macrumors newbie

    Aug 12, 2010

    I have a new 27" iMac 2.93ghz, 4G ram & SSD drive only. Out of the box with no new install it takes 50" to boot which feels kinda slower than I was expecting.

    Any other owners of similar setup willing to share their boot times?

    I am starting the clock from the moment the button is pressed till desktop pic appears.


  2. tomscott1988 macrumors 6502


    Apr 14, 2009
    Start the clock as the spinning circle starts on the apple screen and stop when the dock arrives, that is the proper way to time your boot. My macbook with a 500gb 7200 drive boots in 29 secs, you should be getting 20 secs unless the drives apple have put in the new iMacs arnt as good as we hoped.
  3. Draeconis macrumors 6502a

    May 6, 2008
    Doesn't sound right to me as m MacBook Pro 4,1 with a 200Gb 7,200rpm drive boots from off to desktop in 45 seconds. What I have found though, is if I keep my firewire sound card plugged in, this doubles the boot time, do you have anything firewire plugged in?
  4. bally555 macrumors newbie

    Jul 1, 2010
    Did you set the startup disk in system preferences???

    My imac with normal HDD boot up in less than 30 sec after set the startup disk.
  5. Flint12345 thread starter macrumors newbie

    Aug 12, 2010
    what a dufuss

    Thanks guys for info, bally555 magic. I hadn't set the startup drive.

    Now same timing is 17" flat. New something wasn't right, thanks again.

  6. lothar250 macrumors newbie

    Apr 5, 2006
    I thought you only had an SSD and no HDD?
  7. telemark948 macrumors member

    Jul 31, 2010
    From power button pressed to startup, with Chrome, mail client, geektool up on the screen, and Istat 3 menus loaded in the menu bar is between 15 to 17 sec for me.:D

    i5 with 8GB ram, Home folder moved to 1GB HD, everything else on SSD.
  8. jonwd7 macrumors member

    Nov 19, 2009
    It doesn't matter. The Startup Drive wasn't set on mine either, and I have HDD-only.

    Getting an SSD + 1 or 2TB HDD iMac very soon to replace this one. Very glad to hear you boot in 17 seconds flat. Quite awesome. :D
  9. xraydoc macrumors 604


    Oct 9, 2005
    I'll time it when I get home tonight, but it's fast - on the order of 20 seconds or so on my 2.93GHz 27" i7.

    I reinstalled the OS after I received the machine without any additional printer drivers, foreign languages, optional Asian fonts, Rosetta or X11 support. And I've got virtually no 3rd party extensions (i.e., no 3d party mouse drivers, etc.), only the MenuMeters preference pane and the Drobo control panel app.
  10. Flint12345 thread starter macrumors newbie

    Aug 12, 2010
    To Partition or not?

    loather250, that is correct I only have a SSD drive. By selecting it as startup drive in system pref as pointed out by kind bally555 it has reduced the start up time drastically!

    Thanks telemark948, good to know this is around the normal boot time of other SSD (apple installed)owners.

    On the weekend I will do what xraydoc has done & do a clean slimline fresh instal of OSX & see if this shaves any time off & will do it for extra space mainly.

    Will partitioning the drive in 2 creating a smaller 50-75gig space have any adverse effect on overall performance considering such a small drive & it being SSD?

    I do not intend on filling the OSX side more than say 50-60%. Just want an area separate from system files for large files such as games & hd films etc.

  11. rnb2 macrumors regular

    Jan 23, 2006
    West Haven, CT, USA
    Based on some things that I read (but can't remember where), I think you're more likely to do harm than good by partitioning an SSD. Just leave it as one volume - there's really no reason to partition it.
  12. DoFoT9 macrumors P6


    Jun 11, 2007
    i would probably get <1min on my 7200RPM iMac that is 1 year old, but i have about 10 applications open on launch including 2 VMs, so about 5mins haha :D
  13. lothar250 macrumors newbie

    Apr 5, 2006
    I don't know what I'm missing, but what else would be selected as startup drive if the SSD is the only drive in your computer?

    Oh and by the way, I don't loathe anything. I'm a very peaceful person.
  14. DoFoT9 macrumors P6


    Jun 11, 2007
    it might be defaulting to search for networked drives first - this is quite common, and adds a LOT of time to the boot.
  15. lothar250 macrumors newbie

    Apr 5, 2006
    Huh, wasn't aware of that... That's good to know, thanks!
  16. Arkku macrumors newbie


    Aug 13, 2010
    Helsinki, Finland
    I have an Intel X25-M G2 160GB SSD and the original WD 1TB drive in my i7, boot time from SSD to a fully usable desktop is 13 seconds from the startup sound (automatic login enabled, and my usual login items in play). Note, however, that this requires a wired keyboard connected to the machine; otherwise there's a long delay looking for the wireless…

    As for application start up times, they are practically instantaneous (icon doesn't bounce even once before the app is open).
  17. Flint12345 thread starter macrumors newbie

    Aug 12, 2010
    sorry lothar250, typo glitches strike again & of course your a peaceful person cause our lovely Macs give us less headaches than the alternatives.

    Arkku, that X25-M G2 just that bit faster again - good to know.

    What I really like besides the speed is the perfect silence from a machine with no spinning hard drive- bliss.

    Anyone partitioned their SSD & noticed any performance issues?
  18. Baunkjaer macrumors 6502


    Feb 20, 2009
    Copenhagen, Denmark
    That makes sense to me. My MBP boots in about 25s (measured from hitting the on-button), with 80GB X25 G1.
    I´ve the same SSD as you in my iMac, and it seems to have slower boottime. I´ve a Logitech diNovo and Performance MX attached wireless.
  19. 300D macrumors 65816


    May 2, 2009
    Boot time? I haven't had one of those is 76 days!

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