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#1 time2spare

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Posted 25 February 2012 - 12:17 AM

I had some hardware issues on a new build, and made a mess of windows 7 installation on a new SSD. All issues have been corrected, but now I must re-install the OS on
on the new SSD. Should I format, secure erase, or just re-install as if it were never used? Thanks!

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Posted 25 February 2012 - 02:49 AM

While some would recommend imaging the operating system to a new hard drive to keep certain softwares and data intact, a fresh install would always be your first option. The question is what would happen to your old SSD drive then?

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Posted 25 February 2012 - 12:56 PM

Hi,

That is a tough question believe it or not.
To a certain extent it will depend on the brand of the SSD. I did secure erase a Kingston SSD since it wouldn't install properly until then.

However I wouldn't do alot of passes as each write is wear on the memory in the drive.

I seem to recall OCZ recommending a secure erase.

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Posted 25 February 2012 - 10:58 PM

The SSD is an Intel 320 series. If I just re install windows without doing anything else would there be a problem with the SSD? This is my first SSD install, and I am unsure how to proceed. What would be the advantage of imageing the SSD from another drive. Any disavantages to that? I could do a fresh install, all drivers and updates on a spinning drive and then image that to the SSD. Would this be the best idea?

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Posted 26 February 2012 - 10:49 AM

I agree with rotor. When I got my SSD the directions were to do a secure erase first before installation. It's mostly for performance reasons, IIRC.

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Posted 27 February 2012 - 12:00 PM

If you can connect the SSD as a second drive you can download the Intel SSD Toolbox from Intel http://downloadcenter.intel.com/Detail_Desc.aspx?agr=Y&DwnldID=18455

The SSD toolbox has a secure erase feature that will only work on secondary drives not the Boot drive.

You should also install it on the SSD after you set it up.

I would install on the SSD and then clone it as a backup.

The suggested process is to install to the SSD as windows 7 will optimize the settings for use with a SSD during the install. Make sure bios is set to AHCI for SATA operation mode.

Edited by rotor123, 27 February 2012 - 12:02 PM.

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Posted 27 February 2012 - 09:48 PM

OK, rotor123. I downloaded the SSD toolbox but was at first hesitant about using it. Upon reading the help file on Secure Erase procedure, specifically the part about power cycling the SSD, I was a bit leary. As a rule I would never remove and replace a power cable on a device under power, but decided what the heck, THAT'S WHAT IT SAYS TO DO! So I follow instructions, and get the "SECURITY FREEZE LOCK State" warning message, but upon removing and replacing the power connetor, the SSD is "unfrozen" ??? Anyway, at this point, I am able to secure erase the SSD and proceed to reload the OS. Works as advertized!
Thanks Rotor123!

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Posted 28 February 2012 - 11:04 AM

One thing to remember with SATA is that the specs for it allow hot swapping.

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