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Is formatting an HDD or an SSD too much a bad thing? Like fresh installing windows 7 and switching out hardware alot...etc
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On HDD it doesn't matter, but some of the SSD's will start to get degraded performance if you do it a ton for a long time.
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post #3 of 26
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Quote:
Originally Posted by Crazy9000;14349609 
On HDD it doesn't matter, but some of the SSD's will start to get degraded performance if you do it a ton for a long time.

what determines this?
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Quote:
Originally Posted by steven88;14351380 
what determines this?

The controller on the SSD. They all have different garbage collection algorithms. The verdict is still out on which ones are best. (We'll know in a few years)
     
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Quote:
Originally Posted by Crazy9000;14349609 
On HDD it doesn't matter, but some of the SSD's will start to get degraded performance if you do it a ton for a long time.

Correct.
post #7 of 26
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Quote:
Originally Posted by Kramy;14360312 
The controller on the SSD. They all have different garbage collection algorithms. The verdict is still out on which ones are best. (We'll know in a few years)

so theres no answer yet? SSDs are still too new to determine this?

I was particularly looking into the crucial M4, OCZ vertex 3....
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post #8 of 26
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also what determines a "ton of" formats in the long term?

does it mean once every few months? or how about once a day? like some big companies that format their stuff every night
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post #9 of 26
It doesnt matter if you you "QUICK format" on HDDs, cause that only erases the file tables, but you can recover the data, cause it's still written. I believe a "full format" actually writes 0s to completely erase and that would degrade the HDD... somebody correct me if i'm wrong.
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post #10 of 26
I don't think formatting an SSD will hurt it as much as people make it out to be. Technically it will lower the life of it, as any writing will lower its life, but it also depends on the size of the drive. A 40 GB drive will be "worn down" by a Windows reinstall a lot more than a 240 GB drive, because the majority of the blocks will be re-written, and on the 240 GB drive only a fraction of the drive will be rewritten plus whatever else you put on it. In the end, each reformat is going to add less than 1 write cycle. If you reformat every day, that is 365 write cycles in a year, and with 10K+ write cycles as a theoretical limit, that is still a long time. Yes it will impact the life of it, but not nearly as much as you may think.
    
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