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Optical Drive/s eject on startup - SSD Slow Boot time also

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Apr 17, 2012 6:18 AM

Hi guys,


Been researching this problem over and over with no avail.


I have installed a 240GB OWC 6GB SSD in this machine:


Mac Pro MID 2010


240 SSD

3 x 1T 7200 RPM Drives (bays 2 - 4)

8-Core 2.4

DVD Super drive

LG BluRay Drive

Sonnet USB 3.0 Card  -  (Nothing plugged in)

Black Magic Intensity Pro -  (Nothing plugged in)

Stock Graphics Card


USB Keyboard (mac)


Wacom Bamboo Tablet



FCPX / Motion

Adobe Suite

Lion 10.7.3 FRESH / CLEAN


I have done a fresh install of lion 10.7.3!

I have selected my SSD as started up disk

I have reset the PRAM

I have reset SMC

I have no apps running at startup

I have trashed the prefs

I have run disk utility and repair permisions on the SSD boot Drive

I have let Onyx do its thing with cleanup etc.


When I boot, the white screen appears for upto 30sec - 1.5mins, once I see the apple logo, it takes about 10sec to give me desktop and all is good. Everything is lightning fast, and I couldn't imagine my machince lacking performance in any way besides boot time. Shutdown is approx 2 seconds.


It appears that it waits for other possible boot drives, then gives up and boots from the SSD.


Sometimes my optical drives open during white screen on boot???


Any suggestions to solve this?



  • The hatter Level 9 Level 9 (58,595 points)

    Me brain-storming & thinking out loud about how I would go about troubleshoot this:


    Every time you zap pram you need to reset the default boot volume.


    I never use Onyx after looking at it and keeping it around for awhile, I have mixed idea that people are looking for a problem to fix and do I trust it? gets mentioned enough.


    LG BR - can you take that out of the picture to test with it not connected?

    Wacom Tablet - take it out of the equation for testing

    USB3 - CallDigit? that has USB3 + SATA and looks and sounds good.

    Try w/o it also.


    Just because there is nothing connected - I've seen a cable that just by being plugged in was the cause of slow boot.


    Clone the OS to SSD? sounds like you didn't do that which in the past has had mixed results (sometimes with bad consequences and hard to know why, too many variables) but a clean install should be perfect. One person's though took "ages" to do what should have been very quick.


    I assume you would also clone the SSD to backup as image or to another drive.

    How does it boot from a 300GB partition off a platter?


    3 x 1TB: are these an array? do any of them have a system on it? sounds like you don'[t as it might otherwise choose non-SSD boot drive.


    An SSD from restart sometimes is fast(er) but from cold boot the system may not know it is there and how to send a signal to it?


    What does OWC say? about SSD, about the USB3 card.

    Even having 32GB RAM can take longer to POST.


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