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so I bought a new Rig with an SSD (OS, etc) and i now want to put the HDD of my old computer into my new one as a second drive for pics/music etc.

so my question is, how do i do a proper full wipe/fprmatt of the old drive (which has windows vista etc on it) ?

i've got the old computer running right now, so i'm just waiting on how to wipe it so i can take it out and put it in my new system.

thanks!
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Install it in your new PC and format it then.
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Install it in your new PC and format it then.

qft.
easy peasy right click the drive icon and click format. wham bam thank you ma'am.
    
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Originally Posted by Marlaman View Post

qft.
easy peasy right click the drive icon and click format. wham bam thank you ma'am.

ok. should i keep 'quick formatt' selected? or de-se;ect it?

i want a full 100% wipe since windows vista is on it

side note, should i be doing this instead? http://www.sevenforums.com/tutorials/91339-ssd-hdd-optimize-windows-reinstallation.html
Edited by ryder - 4/30/12 at 3:39pm
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When you do a "full format" the system should zero out everything, I've always been content with the quick method. never saw any performance gains or losses doing a full format, plus full takes longer so that's another reason why i opt the quick method.

for your side note, I don't know if doing those steps are absolutely neccecary for win7, I've run win7 on 3 or 4 different ssd's and they all perform just fine and i've never done that. So I really couldn't tell you either way what you should do. But it will work just fine w/o those steps I can assure you.
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When you do a "full format" the system should zero out everything, I've always been content with the quick method. never saw any performance gains or losses doing a full format, plus full takes longer so that's another reason why i opt the quick method.

Incorrect. A full format runs chkdsk over the drive, then does a quick format. It wipes out the MFT, which makes the drive appear blank, but no files have been overwritten and most/all can still be recovered with file recovery software.

Use zero-fill software to do zero-fills. Within Windows, CCleaner is a good one that can wipe free space. Outside of Windows, something bootable like DBAN will nuke all data on drives - but make sure you disconnect any that you don't want nuked.
     
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post #7 of 10
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Originally Posted by Marlaman View Post

qft.
easy peasy right click the drive icon and click format. wham bam thank you ma'am.

ok. should i keep 'quick formatt' selected? or de-se;ect it?

i want a full 100% wipe since windows vista is on it

side note, should i be doing this instead? http://www.sevenforums.com/tutorials/91339-ssd-hdd-optimize-windows-reinstallation.html

Just a quick format is good.

Also, if you follow that guide for a SSD do not do the Clean all command on it! Only do Clean all for HDDs, not SSDs. For SSDs use the Clean command only.
post #8 of 10
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Originally Posted by Kramy View Post

Incorrect. A full format runs chkdsk over the drive, then does a quick format.

Microsoft changed how format works with Vista. Full format now overwrites every sector.
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Originally Posted by larsch View Post

Quote:
Originally Posted by Kramy View Post

Incorrect. A full format runs chkdsk over the drive, then does a quick format.

Microsoft changed how format works with Vista. Full format now overwrites every sector.

Correct as well from what I know. chkdsk is what overwrites every sector during testing.

Chkdsk does one pass of writing zero's to the drive to ensure that the sectors are working properly. But the zero's are also rewritten with the previous 1 or 0 that was there. Thus it does not leave it zero'd as zeroing software does.
post #10 of 10
The format itself overwrites every sector with zeroes. So you only have zeroes on your drive when done
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