Installing a second hard drive....?

When having a HDD as the second installed drive on your computer, does the HDD slow startup time????

I have a SSD and it seems the second installed HDD stalls the startup.

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  • 8 months ago
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    No, even several HDDs won't slow the bootup time. After the OS takes control, it maps other drives as logical 'D', 'E', 'F', =='ZZ'.

    Check your bios to select specifically one drive for the OS. If that is left hanging, it will look to installed HDDs for an OS to boot from and may be why the lag in startup.

    My gist is SSDs are not much faster than some of todays eSATA, the benefit is no moving parts and not as fragile as platter HDDs.

    Understanding the double boot stages helps understand the process.

    After the bios boot, the OS is loaded to ram then control turned over to the OS in fast ram.

  • 8 months ago

    no, if your operation system is installed in SSD, the HDD will be the secondary partition and it will not affect the boot time.

  • Lv 7
    8 months ago

    it takes that much longer at BIOS POST when the computer first starts and detects drives.

    otherwise, no real slowdown.

  • VP
    Lv 7
    8 months ago

    To test your theory, unplug your HDD and boot up your system.  If it's STILL slow then start checking the apps that are running. But if it speeds up then you were right!

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  • keerok
    Lv 7
    8 months ago

    Technically it will, but that's in the milliseconds if ever, hardly noticeable.

    If you previously had the SSD as your only drive then that explains it. HDD is terribly slow compared to SSD. If you had experience booting with HDD then everything should be acceptable.

    If it really takes that long, and you know it, check the BIOS settings. There may be a hard disk delay option turned on during the boot process.

  • David
    Lv 7
    8 months ago

    It could do, when the computer boots it looks for the 1st bootable device, if it can't find one one the first device then it moves to the next. Ensure the SSD is set in the BIOS as the 1st bootable device rather than autodetect, hopefully that should speed things up. Also ensure that the SSD is on the 1st available SATA port usually 0 or 1 depending on the motherboard annotation

  • 8 months ago

    As long as your SSD holds the operating system and is set as the drive to boot from it should make no difference.  Looks to me that yours looking at the HDD first and not finding the OS on it. Then it moves on to the SSD and does find it.  Make sure the priorities are right.

  • 8 months ago

    If the OS is installed on the HDD then yes the startup will be slower

  • 8 months ago

    You might be able to make your startup faster if you make sure that the BIOS has your SSD set as your first boot drive.  If it's set to check your hard drive first, then it will read data from the hard drive, which takes time.  You may also want to exclude your DVD drive from the boot sequence.

  • Anonymous
    8 months ago

    Stalls or slows? Which is it? The bios can take a little longer to find the secondary hard drive. And if there’s a problem with that hard drive, it might stall the start up completely.

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