(In these calculations I assume that Vista is loaded when the sidebar is visible and computer responds to commands quickly.)
Before installing this hard drive the computer booted in one and half minutes, but now it takes about four and half minutes. The desktop appears within a minute but then it takes over three minutes before the sidebar appears. And during those extra minutes the computer won’t respond quickly to commands, such as opening the Explorer. If I disconnect the WD20EARS, the computer boots again in one and half minutes.
I’ve tried both the MBR and GPT formatting with WD20EARS, but neither makes the computer start quickly. I’ve also installed Intel Rapid Storage Technology but it doesn’t make the computer boot any quicker. After the boot the hard drive works fine. I tested it with DiskBench and it was able to write one gigabyte file to WD20EARS at 120 MB/s.
Intel Rapid Storage Technology reports that the physical sector size of WD20EARS is 512 bytes. Isn’t it supposed to be 4096 bytes? Could this be the reason of the slow boot? My motherboard is ASUS P5Q-EM and I have installed its latest BIOS (version 2203). I haven’t plugged any jumpers to the hard drive and I haven’t run WD Align software.
Any suggestions on how to make the computer boot faster?