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How to properly format a SSD

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I have a OCZ Vertex 3 I'd like to format.

I have Windows 7 installed on a HDD right now and I would like to make sure that the SSD is clean first before reinstalling a fresh copy of Win7 on the SSD.

Can I just plugin the SSD, boot into Windows and reformat it via "My Computer"? Or what is the proper way to do it safely so I can install a fresh copy of Win7 on it afterwards?
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You can simply "Quick format" from Windows, yes. But to do it properly, I would do Secure Erase. Follow the guide on OCZ forums.

http://www.ocztechnologyforum.com/fo...o-use-HDDErase

It's not that hard as it seems at first. Just need USB flash drive.
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