|Silicon Power 32GB SLC SATA-II SSD|
|Reviews - Featured Reviews: Storage|
|Written by Olin Coles|
|Sunday, 09 November 2008|
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Windows XP Startup
After several SSD product reviews in which I recorded Windows XP startup time data, I have repeatedly omitted my results from the article for lack of enough comparison data. In all honesty, I cannot make this an interesting subject. Most of you reading this article have already watched the video of a Windows computer starting up in mere seconds when it used a Solid State Drive, so it wouldn't be very exciting to show this again. Instead, I have recorded the length of time it took for my Dell Inspiron 6400 notebook computer to startup with each drive. Here are the specifications on the notebook:
This "test" is going to be useful to laptop computer users only, primarily because I did not test the desktop hard drives. The only hard drive included was the high-performance 7200 RPM Hitachi Travelstar 7K100, which recorded a 28-second load time from the moment I pressed the power button to the moment the Windows Login screen was displayed. It's important to note that this particular Dell notebook consumes almost 11 seconds on the POST routine and pre-loading prior to starting Windows, so it's not realistic to think that my results would match another system identically.
The primary purpose of this test was to demonstrate that a Solid State Drive could in fact cut the Windows load time in half. In regards to the Mtron Pro 7500, I could subtract the preloading time for POST and other BIOS routines and be left with a 6-second boot-up time. Conversely, with the same benefit given to the Hitachi Travelstar 7K100, the resulting boot-up time is still 18 seconds - 300% longer.
In the next section, I begin to summarize my final thoughts on the Mtron Pro 7500 series as well as Solid State Drives in general. Please continue on to see what I think of SSD technology.