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Hello OCN

question !!

A year have passed since I install my W7 64bits copy....

I always format my OS/Programs drive every 1 year and do a Clean Install

BUT this is the first time I need to do that with an SSD as my primary drive....

so...what to do ?? format the driver or just do a "quick format" ??

the "normal" way is to format the drive when you are installing the fresh copy of windows....but there is a better way ??
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Now sure as to why you format every year? As long as your maintain you machine and keep it secure from malicious software, there shouldn't be any need to format? If you wish to do so, head over to you SSD's website and they will have information on how to proper format you SSD.
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Now sure as to why you format every year? As long as your maintain you machine and keep it secure from malicious software, there shouldn't be any need to format?
Same thing i'm thinking.
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If you wish to do so, head over to you SSD's website and they will have information on how to proper format you SSD.
For all SSDs > quick format. that is all lol. Or delete all partitions first then quick format during the install.
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Same thing i'm thinking.
For all SSDs > quick format. that is all lol. Or delete all partitions first then quick format during the install.

+1^ Listen to the storage expert!!
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I understand the once a year OS installation thing, there are certain files that Windows uses that just keep on growing and you can't delete them. The registry also keeps track of a surprising amount of info about files, as if every file put on the PC will be there forever. It's not that important, but I get it.

Another option is a Secure Erase of the SSD.

Consider formatting a SSD during a Windows installation. Really no file system existing yet, but formats can be done. A quick format during installation will delete the file table for the drive's current contents. So is that SSD sent TRIM commands for those deleted files? If you format a SSD in Windows Disk Management, it will get TRIM commands from the file system, but during an OS installation? I do not know.
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