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But if I ignore this Secure Erase thing, and just use the Windows utility on installing Windows (its basically a "quick erase"), then that will work fine too, correct? At that point, wouldn't the drive's garbage collection and / or TRIM kick in, and fix what the "quick erase" did?
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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?
Doesn't matter... you have plenty of writes left.

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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.
Some SSDs have an internal encryption key. Secure erase just creates a new and makes the file undecipherable.

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But if I ignore this Secure Erase thing, and just use the Windows utility on installing Windows (its basically a "quick erase"), then that will work fine too, correct? At that point, wouldn't the drive's garbage collection and / or TRIM kick in, and fix what the "quick erase" did?
It won't be secure.... still readable but who's really going to bother?
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But if I ignore this Secure Erase thing, and just use the Windows utility on installing Windows (its basically a "quick erase"), then that will work fine too, correct? At that point, wouldn't the drive's garbage collection and / or TRIM kick in, and fix what the "quick erase" did?
What you say definitely sounds reasonable but unfortunately I don't know enough to be able to say whether or not it is true. It does sound like it would work, especially with how good garbage collection is on the newer drives.
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Am I going to hurt anything by just using the Windows quick erase tool on installation though?

I know its not going to completely wipe the data...don't really care. Nobody's going to be looking through my drive anyway except me...and I know whats on it.

I just want to know if its going to hurt anything on the drive, or performance of it.
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Am I going to hurt anything by just using the Windows quick erase tool on installation though?

I know its not going to completely wipe the data...don't really care. Nobody's going to be looking through my drive anyway except me...and I know whats on it.

I just want to know if its going to hurt anything on the drive, or performance of it.
Nope, you won't lol

You can do a manual alignment and that will format it...in the guide lol
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Nope, you won't lol

You can do a manual alignment and that will format it...in the guide lol
A what?

My head is hurting, lol. SSD's are too complicated....
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A what?

My head is hurting, lol. SSD's are too complicated....
Just install windows like normal...noobs
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Just install windows like normal...noobs
Okay I can do that. *Pats self on head*
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Okay I can do that. *Pats self on head*
I suggest you disable the hibernation file and reduce/turn off page file to save space when your done...you probably already know
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Am I going to hurt anything by just using the Windows quick erase tool on installation though?

I know its not going to completely wipe the data...don't really care. Nobody's going to be looking through my drive anyway except me...and I know whats on it.

I just want to know if its going to hurt anything on the drive, or performance of it.
Like I said before, I didn't lose any performance doing it that way.
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