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Two caveats before I ask this:

1. I'm a Windows guy and I have no real attraction to macOS in general.
2. I hope this question doesn't start a platform argument (please). :lol:

See #1: I've had occasion to be using a Mac Mini with an SSD drive and that thing boots to the desktop from being "cold", i.e., literally shut down and powered off, not sleeping, in about 10 seconds. It's kind of freaking me out as my Windows computers don't boot anywhere near as fast as that and my Windows cold boot times never bothered me until now.

Is that the SSD drive or is that a combination of both macOS and the SSD?

Thanks in advance to the resident computer gurus.
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by SwitchBack on Tue Jan 14, 2020 9:00 am
I'd say it's 90% the SSD.

I've got an older MBP with harddrive which takes long to boot, and a newer one with SSD which boots in seconds. Got to get the older one converted to SSD too...
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by Robert Johnson III on Tue Jan 14, 2020 10:25 am
I dual boot on the same system between latest windows and Mojave 10.14.6. Boot times are about the same. It also depends on what’s installed. Startup time will change a lot with usage (on both). SSD makes a world of difference. I would exchange a regular HD with a SSD asap.

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by Jemusic on Tue Jan 14, 2020 12:43 pm
I have a SSD on my Win 7 setup and it boots real quick. But this machine is also offline so I have no extra programs booting up that are not required and this speeds things up as well.

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by wolfjames on Tue Jan 14, 2020 12:55 pm
8 seconds from the time I press the power button to login screen on Windows 10, SSD. Another 5 to 6 seconds to load Studio One.
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by johnhargrove on Tue Jan 14, 2020 3:36 pm
Definitely the ssd drive. I have a mac mini with conventional hd that boots like molasses going thru a straw on a cold day. I have a new pc with ssd that boots in just a few seconds. :)
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by leosutherland on Wed Jan 15, 2020 4:07 am
And should be M.2 NVMe type as well, which is what I got (and gives me a few seconds Win10 bootup).

Not being that technical, there may be faster SSDs available these days?

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by WaterlooSunset on Wed Jan 15, 2020 8:43 am
Power on
POST 5 seconds (Just how this MSI works)
First Visual Hard Disk read to Win10 login screen ~7 seconds
Login into Windows first time - can take 10-20 seconds to load everything and no disk activity is present (I am Internet connected).
Studio one First load scanning all plugins (266) ~10 or less.

I am using a SATA 1Tb SSD Boot and not faster M2 NVMe
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by mikemanthei on Wed Jan 15, 2020 12:18 pm
leosutherland wroteNot being that technical, there may be faster SSDs available these days?

Depends on what the interface is. I think the current speed record for an SSD drive is on pcie version 4.0. That will change as soon as pcie version 5 comes out.

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by jonhamilton2 on Wed Jan 15, 2020 1:29 pm
M2 NVMe = Amazing boot speeds, but also there's settings in your bios that could be preventing a fast boot.
A typical SSD can boot fast with fast boot settings in your bios, providing your bios supports that. I have a gigabyte mobo,and fast boot with a regular ssd is pretty quick.

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