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I'm going to put up my computer now. If I format my ssd will that also delete the firmware on it?

Also, in the bios, I think there was something called "ahcp" or something like that. I need to set it to that first, right? And what about trim? Anything else I need to know before I install windows?

My ssd is corsair force 3 120gb
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No firmware is not on a formatable part of the drive, your fine.

Yes set ahcp in the bios.

You should read the guide on how to allign your ssd. - not that important tho.. i didnt bother
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It is suggested to update to the latest firmware before you do anything with your ssd. After that, you can follow THIS guide smile.gif
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Just reformat the SSD with an allication size of 4096 via a NTFS format. Your firmware cannot be removed via a format. Good luck.
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Originally Posted by Nebster;14816827 
I'm going to put up my computer now. If I format my ssd will that also delete the firmware on it?

Also, in the bios, I think there was something called "ahcp" or something like that. I need to set it to that first, right? And what about trim? Anything else I need to know before I install windows?

My ssd is corsair force 3 120gb
Do you mean AHCI? AHCI is the Advanced Host Controller Interface, and that should definitely be enabled before installing Windows. It helps get the most out of the SSD.

I also recommend aligning the drive to 1024 K before installing Windows. Here's how (it is much easier than it looks - just follow these instructions carefully):
  1. Disconnect all other drives so that all you have connected is/are your optical drive(s) and your SSD. This prevents Windows from putting the boot sector on a drive other than the drive you want Windows installed to.
  2. Boot from the Windows 7 installation DVD
  3. When you see this, click "Repair your computer"
  4. You'll see a little window named "System Recovery Options" appear that searches for Windows installations.
  5. When it finishes, you will see a dialog box. Select "Use recovery tools that can help fix problems starting Windows. Select an operating system to repair.", and then click Next.
  6. Click "Command Prompt"
  7. Type diskpart and press Enter
  8. Type list disk and press Enter
  9. Type select disk # (where "#" is the number your SSD gets) and press Enter
  10. If you want to be sure you have the right one selected, then type list partition and press Enter (optional).
  11. Once you know you have the right drive selected, type clean and press Enter.
  12. Type create partition primary align=1024 and press Enter
  13. Type format quick fs=ntfs and press Enter
  14. It will appear like it's going to take forever, but then it suddenly jumps to 100% about 5-10 seconds later.
  15. Type active and press Enter
  16. Type list partition and press Enter to see your creation. smile.gif (optional)
  17. Type exit and press Enter
  18. Type exit and press Enter
  19. Click Restart
  20. Boot from the DVD again and perform a normal installation using the "Custom (advanced)" type of installation.

So to summarize:
  1. Get to that Command Prompt
  2. Type diskpart
  3. Type list disk
  4. Type select disk 0 (or whichever number it turns out to be)
  5. Type clean
  6. Type create partition primary align=1024
  7. Type format quick fs=ntfs
  8. Type active
  9. Type exit
  10. Type exit
  11. Click Restart
  12. Install Windows 7


Aligning the SSD to 1024 K allows you to get the most out of your drive, especially if AHCI mode is enabled. If you have an Intel system, then I also recommend installing Intel Rapid Storage Technology:

http://downloadcenter.intel.com/Detail_Desc.aspx?agr=Y&DwnldID=20215
    
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I just formatted my Patriot Torqx M28 and it killed it. Been running solid for nearly 2 years with multiple windows installs and such, but formatting the whole drive apparently was a no-no.
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Originally Posted by Scorpion49;14822717 
I just formatted my Patriot Torqx M28 and it killed it. Been running solid for nearly 2 years with multiple windows installs and such, but formatting the whole drive apparently was a no-no.
What? What happened after formatting it?

Formatting it should be absolutely harmless because formatting is a simple process of replacing the Master File Table with a fresh (blank) one. None of the data is actually touched or erased. Instead, it just becomes "invisible", in a sense.

So, I don't know how formatting a solid state drive could kill it.
    
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Originally Posted by TwoCables;14822817 
What? What happened after formatting it?

Formatting it should be absolutely harmless because formatting is a simple process of replacing the Master File Table with a fresh (blank) one. None of the data is actually touched or erased. Instead, it just becomes "invisible", in a sense.

So, I don't know how formatting a solid state drive could kill it.

Nothing happened after that, literally restarted the computer within a few seconds and it was dead. It was actually causing a POST loop until I unplugged it. Tried it in a different machine, same thing.
post #9 of 22
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Originally Posted by Scorpion49;14823102 
Nothing happened after that, literally restarted the computer within a few seconds and it was dead. It was actually causing a POST loop until I unplugged it. Tried it in a different machine, same thing.
Whoa. How did you format it?
    
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Hey, TwoCables! Was meaning to ask you for some time. Is there really a noticeable benefit of aligning an SSD to 1024 K?
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