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I did a search and couldn't find this topic.  If it has already been covered, then please post a link.

 

I recently added a Samsung 850 EVO SSD, 500 GB, to my system.  I then installed FSX there.  Everything went well.

 

I was expecting to see a much faster start up and load time for FSX.  However, it still takes a month of Sundays to get to the main menu.  I was assuming that the reason for the long start up originally was because of loading files from the hard drive into memory.

 

Is there something else that causes the long delay?  My system specs are in my profile, if that can supply a clue.

 

Thanks in advance for any help.

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Yep, SATA III port.  The drive is very fast in benchmark tests.

 

No, Bert.  I use Scenery Config to turn off unused areas.  I fly only in the U.S., so the rest of the world is turned off.

 

I do have a lot of aircraft, and it use to take a while for aircraft selection to pop up.  That was expected.  Now, the aircraft menu pops up quickly, which I attribute to the SSD.

 

I assumed that I would start FSX and BLAM! -- it would be ready to go.  Really odd.

 

Thanks for responding, guys.

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It takes me about a min to load

 

Sometimes there's a weird loading bug where the load bar gets stuck in front of other windows I have opened. Then in that case it will take triple the time.

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I just put a stopwatch to it and it took exactly 90 seconds.

 

I have a Logitech G510 keyboard that displays real time CPU activity and RAM usage as percentages.  The interesting thing is that RAM usage only went from 20% to 21% during the entire load process (with 16 GB).  However CPU activity rose and stayed at around 15% during the entire process.  Perhaps the length of start up time is not due to load time of the program, but rather some sort of CPU activity.

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@ SAAB340:  Yes, I do use disablepreload in the cfg.

 

@ Ryan:  My point is that it was taking about 90 seconds on a SATA hard drive, and I see no reduction in load time with the SSD, even though it benchmarks well.  That was why I was wondering if there is some process during launch that takes a lot of time, as opposed to loading.

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it still takes a month of Sundays to get to the main menu.

 

Im confused . Now your saying 90 seconds? Why would you be asking for advice on a 90 second load? Mine can take 7 or 8 mins but I have a TON of scenery..

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27 seconds here from clicking on the icon to main menu. You say that you installed FSX on your new SSD, are you still running your operating system on a mechanical drive, if so maybe that has an impact as I don't have any mechanical drives, just SSD !?!

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For point of comparison, I have FSX on a regular HD (see my specs), and it takes forever 3+ minutes to get past the "Microsoft Flight Simulator" page. Once I get past that, the simulator runs very smooth.

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Well, thanks for the input.  It sounds like I shouldn't be belly aching about a 90 second load time.

 

But, of course, the original question still remains of why I don't see quicker startup running off of an SSD.

 

So, PieEater, I am running the OS on a hard drive, so you may be correct.  But, that is why I asked if there are processes going on during startup other than just loading files.

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So, PieEater, I am running the OS on a hard drive, so you may be correct.  But, that is why I asked if there are processes going on during startup other than just loading files.

 

I'm not big on software but from what I understand your operating system is stored and run from the hard disk it is installed on (see here) so performance of your OS and the programs dependent on it will be governed by the imitations of the disk the OS is installed on. You may have better results running your operating system and FSX from your SSD and using your mechanical drives to store data including FSX scenery etc.

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Well, I still have 287 GB left on my SSD.

 

Maybe I can figure out how to transfer Windows 7 to that drive.  I will then have the OS and FSX on the same drive, but maybe that's okay.

 

Anyone know if there is an easy way for me to do this without screwing up everything?

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90 seconds is quite a while for a Samsung SSD. I just did a reinstall of everything on a 250gb SSD, OS and FSX on it and thats it. (UT2 FSDT REX ASN PMDG ORBX FlightBeam) included and the load time is significantly faster. 20 seconds to be on the loading bar if that and we are off.

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CPU?  Could be, but check my specs.

 

Angelo, yes.  What you are getting is what I was expecting to get.  Can't figure it out.

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42 seconds to load to the Free Flight screen. 12 seconds if the sim was already loaded and previously shut down, without turning the computer off. Flight sim is on a hard drive, with Windows 7 professional on a SSD.  I7 3960x, GTX980

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Sounds like having OS on SSD would help.  Not sure why, but I think I will give that a try.

 

Thanks for all the responses.

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Sounds like having OS on SSD would help.  Not sure why, but I think I will give that a try.

 

Thanks for all the responses.

 

You're going to reinstall your OS without knowing why?

 

LAdamson pointed out a useful metric. The second load was significantly faster since much of the I/O was coming out of the disk cache, rather than the storage device. If you don't get a significant speedup the second time you start up FSX, moving stuff around between your drives won't help you, since you aren't I/O bound.

 

Cheers!

 

Luke

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Sure, it isn't rocket science to move, not reinstall, the OS to the SSD.  In fact, there is a program that makes it pretty much a no brainer.  A reinstall isn't necessary.

 

The question for me is why is his load time about half of mine, and his FSX is on a hard drive.  I don't see any specs for his system, but mine is not too shabby, even if not state-of-the-art.  He is running his OS on SSD and FSX on hard drive.  Sounds to me like FSX loads quicker if OS is on an SSD.

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My Samsung 850 EVO SSD came with the cable and software to clone the drive, I completed that without issue about a month ago.   I believe there is software out there, freeware and payware that will do it with minimal fuss.  

 

JH

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Yes, mine came with the cloning software, as well.  I am not certain, but I believe that the problem with that software is that the total files on the original drive cannot be larger than the capacity of the receiving drive being cloned.  I have about 1.5 TB on the drive that has the OS.  That won't fit on 500 GB SSD.  So, one button cloning doesn't work.

 

The software that I mentioned lets you select those files that you want to leave behind on the original drive.  Everything else, including the OS, gets tranferred to the SSD.  You can make it fit.

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