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Hello,

I have a 120GB Intel SSD (Not sure brand, got it when I got the i7 when it came out)

I have only installed windows on this twice, one when I got it and one when it was full and I decided to make it a pure Boot Drive.
I only installed ontop of other installation.


Now it is running slow and my boot times are 30 seconds + when logging in.


Can I FORMAT this drive without worry to much about ruining it? I heard SSD's are not meant to be formatted often.

I use to Re-image my PC once every 2-3 Months (I saved my image once a week with F.O.G.) Is this safer? Is it still "Formatting" it?


Whats the best way to take care of the SSD?


Thanks!
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Formatting a SSD is perfectly fine - you do not want to defrag the drive though.
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Don't worry about it. Unless you are formatting your SSD and reinstall the OS every single day.... NAND wear is a non-issue for a 10+ years.
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    I thought I would add this to the discussion: Quick formatting the drive will write only a few megabytes of data to it, while full formatting the drive will write zeros from end to end of the partition being formatted.  And, in most cases, defragmenting the drive won't harm it any more than full formatting would.
    Another thing: If you are restoring an image onto the SSD, there is no need to quick format it, since the new formatted file system will be written to the SSD from the image data. thumb.gif
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    I thought I would add this to the discussion: Quick formatting the drive will write only a few megabytes of data to it, while full formatting the drive will write zeros from end to end of the partition being formatted.  And, in most cases, defragmenting the drive won't harm it any more than full formatting would.
    Another thing: If you are restoring an image onto the SSD, there is no need to quick format it, since the new formatted file system will be written to the SSD from the image data. thumb.gif

Defragmenting could have a negative performance impact. SSDs gain their performance through distributing data among the NAND and accessing them in parallel. That said.... defragmenting software actually have no idea about the real LBA since this an abstraction layer presented to the OS by the SSD controller anyways.
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Formatting the drive from the installer before re-installing.... is that equal to formatting from the command prompt?

If command prompt is better, whats the command for this again?


Just to clarify once I format this I will create a FOG Image and use this...

This is "OK" as it moves information instead of "formatting" ? Do i have that correct?
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Formatting the drive from the installer before re-installing.... is that equal to formatting from the command prompt?

If command prompt is better, whats the command for this again?


Just to clarify once I format this I will create a FOG Image and use this...

This is "OK" as it moves information instead of "formatting" ? Do i have that correct?


Quick formats are fine on SSDs. The installer automatically will quick format the SSDs partition to NTFS when you insall windows. It is the same quick format as with CMD when you do a quick format. There isnt a difference.

 

Imaging will still format the partition as needed to match how the image of the previous drive was. It makes no differnce.

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