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Curious is all. Both of my RAID arrays are currently down, so all I've got is the SSD. I'm bored with just Windows and OCN on here. Was going to install a single hard drive and put some games and Steam on it. However, if I do so, I'll need to format the SSD and reinstall Windows once my arrays are back up properly (OCD).

So how do I do this? Can I just use the Windows thingy to delete the volume on install like I always do?

First time SSD'er here, so be easy on me. I hope I can just use the Windows tool, would be easiest.
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I've been told that you can just reinstall windows like normal and it works out fine. It's what I did about a month ago and I haven't had any problems or performance loss.
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Works for all ssd's and restores it to (near) NIB performance.

http://blog.corsair.com/?p=4484

But honestly, just using the built in windows format tool on the w7 install disc is what I've always done and it's worked fine for me.
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Yeah, you can just reinstall like normal, also you can secure erase if you want.

Check out my guide

Sean's Windows 7 SSD install/optimization guide
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Secure erase looks like it'd just be a Zero Fill. That sounds like it would be harmful, as a Zero fill would give me that many more writes to the drive. Am I wrong?
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Originally Posted by pioneerisloud View Post
Secure erase looks like it'd just be a Zero Fill. That sounds like it would be harmful, as a Zero fill would give me that many more writes to the drive. Am I wrong?
I haven't used secure erase personally, but I haven't heard of anyone having an issue with it.

I think Zero fill is different.
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I haven't used secure erase personally, but I haven't heard of anyone having an issue with it.

I think Zero fill is different.
The Corsair link, linked above shows a Zero Fill.



Just check what's selected in that guide in that image. That shows a zero fill being done.
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The Corsair link, linked above shows a Zero Fill.



Just check what's selected in that guide in that image. That shows a zero fill being done.
hmm, i'll have to say, don't worry about doing a secure erase. Just do a normal reinstall. I need to learn up on secure erase then lol.

Also look into formatting a gpt partition. my friend is making a guide to follow, he said there will be benefits for it later down the road with the uefi.
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This is not really a zero fill. If you go through with the procedure, another window pops up asking if you want to use the drive's built-in secure erase utility rather than the zero-fill option. When you click yes on that prompt, what it does is basically resets the mapping of which sector in the drive is used and which one isn't used back to its brand new state. Now the drive believes that every sector is available for you to write to it, and it has been formatted without a ton of unnecessary writes decreasing its life expectancy.
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This is not really a zero fill. If you go through with the procedure, another window pops up asking if you want to use the drive's built-in secure erase utility rather than the zero-fill option. When you click yes on that prompt, what it does is basically resets the mapping of which sector in the drive is used and which one isn't used back to its brand new state. Now the drive believes that every sector is available for you to write to it, and it has been formatted without a ton of unnecessary writes decreasing its life expectancy.
Thanks for the info GasMan
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