What's your bootup time on your MBP

Razeus

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I'm trying to determine, even after a visit to the Apple store and clean install, if my boot up time is sub-optimal. It's still taking over a minute to bootup to the desktop (from the start up sound). What's ya'lls times for booting up?
 

spinnerlys

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30 seconds after a fresh install, 45 seconds after a while and sometimes even 1 minute and some seconds if it has a bad day.

The HDD is a 500GB 7.200rpm Seagate Momentus and the processor has two cores with 2.8GHz.
 

-Ryan-

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From pushing the button to usable was ~38 seconds. Now it's gone up to about ~42 since the last firmware update. Sometimes my computer seems to take considerably longer to start up than others. A minute isn't really that bad and I wouldn't say it's a problem.
 

wesrk

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Nov 4, 2007
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early 08 mbp, freshly installed SL on early september and now has a bunch of stuff, it takes 38 seconds even from the sound to the desktop showing.
 

glavoie84

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Jun 23, 2009
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16 secs from pushing the power button to desktop and apps completely loaded... and I have to type my user account password. Does it count? (coughx25mcough)
 

milton.sheaf

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Who cares how long it takes? How often are you cold booting your machine that these few seconds of boot time are so valuable to you? :confused:
 

Razeus

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Who cares how long it takes? How often are you cold booting your machine that these few seconds of boot time are so valuable to you? :confused:
Because I'm trying to solve an issue with my MBP in which I believe I have a failing HDD

Anyways. Switched out the Seagate hard drive for a Hitachi. Boot up on the Hitachi is back to what I have been accustomed to, which is 30-40 seconds.

I'm chalking this up to a faulty Seagate (which is my 2nd in less than a year plus an External Desktop) drive. No longer will I use Seagate.
 

EndlessMac

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Who cares how long it takes? How often are you cold booting your machine that these few seconds of boot time are so valuable to you? :confused:
Not everyone leaves their computers on 24/7. When I go out to locations I would rather not carry my laptop around while it's sleeping. The newer MBPs seem to be better at staying asleep with the lid closed than past Apple laptops because there have been reports of past laptops' lid accidentally opening waking up the computers and because they are in nice well insulted laptop bags their laptops ended up frying itself.

I know this problem isn't common but it can happen. My PowerBook has a latch button which can easily be accidentally pushed compared to my unibody MBP that doesn't have a latch button. Even if the laptop doesn't fry it uses up battery power and when I'm out on locations I don't always have access to a power outlet so every minute of battery life is valuable especially when I used my PowerBook since it's battery charge doesn't last as long as the newer MBPs.

Because of all this I would rather turn off my laptops and then do a cold start. A fast start up time and shut down time is much appreciated and has always been one of the things I liked about Macs compared to Windows.
 

steagle

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Dec 22, 2009
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seems to be about 10 seconds, haven't timed it yet but this thread has inspired me to do so!
 

Macshroomer

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I am running a 13/8GB/160XM25 + 320WD_7K in the Optibay.

When I was at 4GB of ram I was at 10-14 second boot times, now it is more like 17-20 with 8GB. I also have 100GB on my 160 covering 800K in files, not that it really matters much, it still benches 250-270 in the tests.

I really wish there were a terminal command to not have the Optibay mount on start up, I would rather have it be just the SSD on boot.
 

robby818

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I have the 80 GB 2nd gen Intel SSD and it still takes my 15" Unibody MBP ~30 seconds to cold boot to the desktop. Most of the time is spent on the White screen with the Apple logo, after that screen, the desktop pops up very quickly thanks to the SSD.
 

milton.sheaf

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Dec 14, 2009
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Because I'm trying to solve an issue with my MBP in which I believe I have a failing HDD

Anyways. Switched out the Seagate hard drive for a Hitachi. Boot up on the Hitachi is back to what I have been accustomed to, which is 30-40 seconds.

I'm chalking this up to a faulty Seagate (which is my 2nd in less than a year plus an External Desktop) drive. No longer will I use Seagate.
Bootup time is not a litmus test for a failing hard drive. Download SmartReporter or something similar that reads the SMART status of the drive. That will tell you if there are excessive errors being reported by the drive's controller.
 

Mumford

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I have the BTO SSD (Toshiba) in my Unibody MBP. It just booted in ~30 sec. Most of that time was spent loading the various VMware modules (and also on logging in since I have Automatic Login disabled). I could probably shave it down to less than 20 sec.
 

Max(IT)

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Dec 8, 2009
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Who cares how long it takes? How often are you cold booting your machine that these few seconds of boot time are so valuable to you? :confused:
I cold boot my MBP almost every day.
While I'm keeping my Mini always on, putting it on stop only when not in use, I'm not going to waste loadcycles on my MBP's battery if not really needed.
BTW boot time for my MBP is 40".
 

Eruanno

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Oct 7, 2009
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With the stock 160gig 5400 RPM in my MBP 13-inch I would say it takes between 30 and 60 seconds to boot. For comparison, my Windows 7 machine takes somewhere between 45 seconds and 1 minute-some seconds to boot (slightly slower :p)

It's all very scientific!