basically in between the Mobo splash screen and windows starting to boot from my SSD the boot freezes for a good 20 mins before windows loads. i have noticed that during this freeze the HDD light on my case does not blink at all leading me to believe its not even trying to boot for a while. ive no idea what it could be. any help would be appreciated.
Try connecting your boot drive up to a different SATA port on your mobo. If the issue persists then try replacing the SATA cable as these do get bad from time to time.
have you tried clearing the cmos?