ernieernie, the only suggestion I can think of is that you have the full Power On Self Test (POST)enabled in BIOS. What is certain is that the problem is nothing to do with your drives or Windows. When you first switch on your computer you will be told to press a key (probably Del) to enter setup. This will open the BIOS screen. In my Award BIOS the appropriate menu page is "Advanced BIOS Features", and there is an item to Enable or Disable Quick Power On Self Test. This may be different for your mother board and for full details on how to modify your BIOS settings you need to refer to your motherboard manual. When Quick Power On Self Test is disabled, BIOS does a thorough check of the motherboard, and in most cases this is much more than is needed.