Thank you Michel, your awesome buddy!
I just thought of something else, and if I am correct, prepare to be stunned! lol
Pictures it, 2-SSD drives!
(1) Biwin SATA III 128GB Internal SSD
(2) Samsung T7 SSD External
The internal is using the max speed of the older PCIE-Gen 2 lane. The external is connected via USB 3.0. Which one do you think is going to be faster?
The internal you say? Would you be surprised to hear that you would be wrong? Because the Biwin SSD is a cheap nobody heard of brand, its not the quality of Samsung.
And since the USB 3.0 port uses the same PCIE Gen 2 lane of the older computer, the external drive would not be limited via the connection itself.
When benchmarked via the DISKS utility, the Biwin drive got something like 250MBPS. But when I benchmarked the Samsung T7 drive, it was getting more around 450 MBPS.
Now keep in mind the Samsung T7 drives are capable of 1050MPBS, but to get that, they have to be plugged into modern USB 3.1 10GBPS ports.
So if you didn't already see where I am going with this, its entirely possible that your external drive, might be faster then your internal drive. Only way to know, is to benchmark both drives using the DISKS APP.
And that could be another reason why POP is loading in faster.