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In the world of computing, everyone likes a computer that can start up and shut down quickly. The ability to boot into your system as fast as possible allows you to start the tasks you set out to do that much quicker. Not to mention that the older you get, the greater the chance you'll forget what you wanted to use the computer for in the first place! The sweet spot is about 30 seconds or less. It is possible with conventional hard drives, though very difficult to attain this "golden" 30-second time. This should be easier with the speed of an SSD, but the only way to tell is to test it out. To run these tests, I used a stopwatch to calculate the number of seconds it took from pressing the power button on the case, to having a fully-functioning desktop. For the shut down test, I began timing from the click of the shut down button in the start menu, and stopped when the system power was off.
One of the real tangible benefits of an SSD are the access times, as well as reduced start up and shut down time frames. The Octane drives are optimized to reduce boot times for an almost instant on start. On a desktop the drive does well delivering the same boot time as what is considered to be the best in class Vertex 3 at 26 seconds. Shutdown times are excellent and compare favorably with the rest of the drives tested. In a net book an SSD does deliver an almost instant on experience and in this case that is the expectation that is delivered upon.