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Wondering about formatting a SSD for new windows installation. Should I do full or quick format?
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You don't need to format it unless you want to partition it. When you install Windows, it will take care of it automatically.

Hope this helps,

Rich
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I now use Acronis to format my ssd. As it has the secure format and it can be done in windows. And i couldn't be more happier. As this will put the ssd back to factory speeds when you do this also. Here is the link for acronis.
Acronis True Image 11
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I now use Acronis to format my ssd. As it has the secure format and it can be done in windows. And i couldn't be more happier. As this will put the ssd back to factory speeds when you do this also. Here is the link for acronis.
Acronis True Image 11

Im not sure if he was asking about how to secure erase a ssd or just format. Long format is not needed though. You can use guid partions if your os supports it, windows 7 should or you can use a regular partition table, but you would want to make sure its aligned to your erase block size. Windows 7 does 1024kb by default which will work with most drives. If you know for a fact that it is something different like 512kb then you can use a utility like fdisk and start it against your ssd with fdisk -H 32 -S 32 make your partition then format a filesystem.
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