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Windows 7 Startup Delay 10-15minutes

Posted on 2012-03-28
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I have 4x DroboS (all latest Firmware)  on a W7x64 (all fully updated) installed.
I just did a complete new install and even booting up with the W7Install disk it took my desktop (HP xw6200) 16GB RAM about 10 minutes to get me from the WINDOWS text to the WINDOWS with the 4 Color GFX part. Once it reaches the 4 color gfx part it goes quite fast.
I have a SSD card as my main HD. And i know its not that card .. maybe the DROBO's are the ones delaying it.. but i need the units plugged in before i boot up as the system would not see them afterwards... I even purchased a "better" 4Port ESATA card for $250 (Recomended by DROBO)... nothing still a forever wait (10-15 minutes) to get the system to finally come up...

Thanks for your thoughts/help
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by:Apothis
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If you unplug all the DROBO's and boot up, does it still take that long? Possibly try unplugging all but one of them, see if it takes a long time, then swap, doing 1 at a time for all 4. If you find one that's the causes the same slowness, there you go, otherwise, try 2 at a time, then 3, and see if increasing the number on the same esata card causes the issue. My only other thought would be boot order, but that seems unlikely to me.
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by:Andreas-NYC
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I know its the DROBOS that do that but i need to find a solution to not wait that long... I am trying to find out what the system is waiting for ... it is just holding until a certein timeout i guess... and ineed to find a way to set the timeout lower... so value time is not wasted...
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Okay, could you elaborate more about the delay, when it happens, what you see, etc. I know you said between the windows text and the windows flag, but if have any way of better describing what you see.

Also, if you start windows in safe mode (F8 on boot), does the delay still happen, and are you able to see your drives? Obviously you can't use safe mode as a solution, but it will tell us more about what's causing the problem.
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by:Andreas-NYC
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not sure what really happened.. but there was a jumper on the eSATA card to turn off the bios boot optionand thus the card did not turn itself on during the bios init... once turned off it worked just fine...  I guess the eSATA tried to raid stuff and thus the delay .. either way its fixed... thanks for your efforts...
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