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Slow start on Sony Vaio SVS131B11L

I am working on this Vaio S laptop. The hard drive is showing signs of failure so I thought I'd clone it and install a new SSD. It does clone but getting from the Vaio splash screen to the windows start screen takes about 90 seconds. If I put the old drive back in, it takes between 2-3 seconds to reach the windows start up screen. I have tried a straight cloning operation as I said. I also performed a disk image backup and restore with the same results. I tried a full restore using the recovery partition that Sony provides. Same results. It hangs on the Sony splash screen for a long time (90 seconds) and then once it gets to the windows start up screen, everything is normal (faster because of the ssd.)

I've tried a recovery/reinstallation in both UEFI mode and legacy. No difference in performance getting from start up splash to windows startup.

Any ideas would certainly be appreciated.

Regards,

Bill
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David Johnson, CD, MVPOwnerCommented:
It seems that there may be a problem with the BCD store. Try booting from the recovery disk, select repair, repair startup
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nobusCommented:
check if your ssd is aligned properly :
In windows 7, run type msinfo32  in the search box on your start menu and hit enter.
select : components => storage => disks

Look for your SSD and check the partition starting offset.

It has to be divisible by 4096 (ie return a whole number when you divide by this) otherwise the alignment is not correct.

you can correct that with the paragon migrate os to ssd : https://www.paragon-software.com/nl/home/migrate-OS-to-SSD/
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w_marquardtAuthor Commented:
David, Do you think that I can use the windows 7 disk for repairing the boot? We don't have the Sony recovery DVD.
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nobusCommented:
what about my post?  any comment?  
it 's very easy to check
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David Johnson, CD, MVPOwnerCommented:
yes use the windows 7 disk
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w_marquardtAuthor Commented:
Nobus, I looked at both solutions and wanted a clarification from David before I proceeded since there is the standard windows disk (used for recovery) and a special recovery disk from Sony. I did try your solution first. It came back with a nice, even number (256) but didn't take care of the problem.

David, The recovery disk wouldn't boot properly but Sony builds in the windows repair. I tried that but there was not option for that particular repair so I dropped to the command line which was available and ran bootrec /rebuildbcd. Unfortunately that didn't work either.

Does any one know how to see behind the sony vaio bios splash screen? Maybe if I could see what was happening, I might find the solution. There is no option in bios for turning it off or a verbose mode.

Thanks,

Bill
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nobusCommented:
>>  It came back with a nice, even number (256) but didn't take care of the problem. <<  that means it is properly aligned, so that's ok.

did you test with all devices disconnected?
does it connect to a server, or lan?
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w_marquardtAuthor Commented:
Problem ended up being a bad (brand new) SSD. For whatever reason, the system didn't recognize it for about 90 seconds. It also hung up accessing the CD/DVD drive until that 90 second time out happened so starting from a CD was a real pain. I just had a feeling about it and installed a 2nd brand new SSD and it worked perfectly. Never ran into a situation where the drive did anything like this and I've probably done 50 or more SSD upgrades.

Thanks for all the suggestions.

Regards,

Bill
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nobusCommented:
what ssd model is it? just curious
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w_marquardtAuthor Commented:
It was an ADATA Premier SP550 240GB 2.5 Inch SATA III (ASP550SS3-240GM-C). I've used these in the past before without any issues. I think I'll stick with Sandisk or Kingston from here on out.
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David Johnson, CD, MVPOwnerCommented:
Doesn't matter which manufacturer. I've experienced drives come DOA or fail in the initial burn in hours from just about every manufacturer.. Sometimes it is a complete lot # that is marginal.  Only the manufacturer knows exactly which plant manufactured the drive i.e. Malaysia, Thailand.
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nobusCommented:
i have used intel, kingston and samsung drives without problem up to now
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w_marquardtAuthor Commented:
Problem ended up being a hardware issue. Unexpected with a new drive. No other solution pointed to the solution and I accepted this as the best as it lets others know that if this does happen, it's not necessarily a software issue.
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