Question Slow boot times with Samsung 970 EVO 1 TB M.2 NVMe SSD

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Hi, as I said in the title, I have slow boot up times with my 1 TB Samsung 970 EVO SSD. From 40 s up to 4 minutes, which I think is not acceptable for an NVMe SSD! I also have a 1 TB Toshiba DT01ACA100 HDD installed.

Other specs:
  • MOBO: MSI B450 Tomahawk MAX
  • CPU: AMD Ryzen 5 1600 (non-AF)
  • RAM: 16 GB Crucial Ballistix Sport LT (dual channel)
  • GPU: Sapphire NITRO+ RX 580 8 GB
If you need any more information, please let me know.
If you have any kind of information regarding this subject, please let me know as well! :)
 

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4 mins boot time is not acceptable for any boot drive.

Disconnect the HDD. What happens?
Is the OS on the 970 a fresh install, or something else?
What was the last thing you did before this happened?

How are you measuring this boot time? From when to when?
 
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Disconnect the HDD. What happens?
Nothing has changed as far as I'm aware of. The boot time was around 50 seconds.

Is the OS on the 970 a fresh install, or something else?
Yes, the OS that is installed on the 970 EVO is a fresh install. I installed it with the Windows 10 Installation media tool from Microsofts website from a USB flash drive.

What was the last thing you did before this happened?
It has been like this from the first day (I bought the SSD back in November - 2020.

How are you measuring this boot time? From when to when?
I am measuring the boot time with the stopwatch app on my smartphone. I know it's not perfect but I think it gives me a good idea. I measure it form when I press the power button to when the desktop appears on my monitor.

Additional info: I have 2 monitors, one connected with an AliExpress DisplayPort 1 m cable, and the other one connected via an HDMI (GPU side) to VGA (monitor side) adapter/converter. Not sure if that helps with anything but I just thought I'd throw it in there.
 
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50 seconds is a far cry from 4 minutes.
I agree, but from my experience it has been "random" every time. I'm not sure why that is.

What things do you have automatically starting up?
I only have 5/24 programs automatically starting up - Lightshot (screenshotting program), BakkesMod (modification for a videogame), Avast (antivirus), CTF Loader (so I can start typing when I open the start menu), and Radeon Software Host Application. I've also tried disabling all the programs with not improvment.

In Task Manager - Startup...what was the last BIOS time? (Mine is 4.5 sec)
I checked, and it's 16.5 seconds.
 
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Turn off Lightshot and that Mod thing.
Disconnect the HDD completely

16.5 secs in the BIOS is kinda slow.
I have disabled Lightshot and BakkesMod in the Startup section in Task Manager.
I disconnected the HDDs SATA power and data connectors.

The boot-up time with my method has been around 55 seconds, and the BIOS time was 16.4 seconds.
 
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I've been tinkering with Windows' fast boot, BIOS settings, disk cleanups for the past hour but I still can't figure it out. On some startups, the BIOS time went up to 19.9 secs! I'm out of ideas.
 

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