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Hi guys,

I've got a Crucial M4 (64GB) SSD and Samsung F3 (1TB) HDD. My computer is becoming cluttered with OSes (triple-booting) and a hilariously long list of files I'm not sure of. My Windows 7 has been installed for the past 5 or so months, so I'd like to reformat it and start over fresh.

I've got to transfer about 200GBs of family photos, but once that's done, I need to reformat.

I don't plan to simply reformat inside the Windows OS as that doesn't feel "clean". I use KillDisk for the HDD, but is there a similar program for an SSD? Preferably one that doesn't hurt the SSD life (as mine's still 100% after 4 months of use).

What I'd really like is for someone to outline the steps to properly reformatting.

Thanks.
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Anyway, I recommend Secure Erase (used to be known as "HDDErase") for the solid state drive:

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

Once you do that, it will be good to go.
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Originally Posted by TwoCables
Anyway, I recommend Secure Erase (used to be known as "HDDErase") for the solid state drive:

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

Once you do that, it will be good to go.
Rep+ for the knowledge.

Also, thank you. Does it hurt the write life on the SSD? I'd like to keep the SSD @ 100% if at all possible...
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Woah, my bad man! I simply say that to show people I appreciate their help. I do so to say "thank you", not to "buy" answers.

My bad, but rep+ for the knowledge.
It's kind of like going to a restaurant and then saying to your waitress/waiter, "I will give you a tip if you give me good service".


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Also, thank you. Does it hurt the write life on the SSD? I'd like to keep the SSD @ 100% if at all possible...
hehe you have a very advanced solid state drive, so there's no worry - even if you decided to just treat it like a hard drive.

Using Secure Erase almost always brings a "degraded" solid state drive back up to full speed and it performs the task instantly. If Secure Erase were used on a hard drive, then it could take a very long time.

So yeah, it's all good.
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And we're good

Edit: Err... Good enough.
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What does it mean by uninstall all drivers? All Windows 7 drivers? If so, won't they just reinstall themselves automatically?
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Quote:
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What does it mean by uninstall all drivers? All Windows 7 drivers? If so, won't they just reinstall themselves automatically?
It was bad wording. They're saying to disconnect all drives.
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