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Fix SSD slow boot times
Authored by: trailfan on Oct 07, '11 09:22:19AM

hi, i tried the "select startup disk" solution and it didn't work because i didn't realize that in order for the system to make the switch, the secondary drive needs to be connected when doing this!

so i attached the external drive, then went to system preferences and chose the internal drive as startup, and awesome, it worked and boot time cut in half from about 30 seconds to 15! much more like i expected from an SSD.

i notice restarts are even faster, which again proves the point that you don't get the same results from restarts as you do shut downs on many operations. i always prefer a full "shut down" rather than a restart because it just plain makes things work better after upgrades, installs, etc. the two are definitely not equal.

thank you to "noworryz" for pointing out a simple solution to slow booting from a new SSD, your post was exactly what i was experiencing. i was really beginning to wonder what was up and what i had done wrong and how much more time it would take to solve this.

so again if you are having the slow boot issue, when you use this "designate startup disk in system preferences" remedy just be sure to attach the backed up external drive while making the choice of the ssd in System Preferences and it does work!

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Fix SSD slow boot times
Authored by: macosxmax on Feb 07, '12 02:14:05PM

Brilliant. This is exactly what I needed. I had put my original HDD into a FW enclosure, so I mounted that, then went to system prefs/startup disk, and selected the internal SDD. I also clicked the lock for good measure. Now I get to the gray apple logo almost instantly upon booting, and the whole thing takes 15 seconds.

For the record, I did the quick and dirty clone using CCC with the new SSD in the external FW enclosure (after first formatting it with disk utility), then simply swapped disks. Other than the long boot time (now solved) I haven't noticed any negative side effects from doing it this way.

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