Sometimes my 150 gig Raptor will load Windows Vista in the background while I start up and I can start going to start/windows/computer instantly as its booting up.
Other times I boot up and try to click start/programs/computer and it will freeze on start and a small part of the screen disappears, as it is waiting to load. Sometimes I have to wait for all the startup items to load up then it will become responsive again. The thing I don't get is this doesn't always happen. Sometimes the first option happens. Is there something wrong with my hard drive? How can I test it to be sure ? I do have the hard drive vertial but don't think that should make a difference? My motherboard is a Gigabyte D3 and maybe its just the main Serial ATA Controllers ? I don't know ? I am not using the Gigabyte raid controller should i try using that controller instead of the intel Serial ATA controller ? I won't be using raid or anything. I rather use the fastest controller for my hard drives. I have a Hitachi 500 gig 7200 rpm hard drive as well and it didn't ever do the same thing exactly, sense there is no os loaded on it, but it did take a few seconds to start becoming responsive when I started using it at least one time that I can remember. I really hate this lag but if I can't fix it I guess I can live with it.