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I'm about to use Secure Erase on my SSD. Should I format it afterward?

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UPDATE:
I finally got around to using Secure Erase (HDDErase), and everything went just as smooth as butter. smile.gif The main reason why I am mentioning it is because I was considering asking all of OCN if Secure Erase is compatible with the Callisto Deluxe on the EP45-UD3P. So I hope that this thread can answer that same question for someone else!

Here's the guide that I used:

http://www.ocztechnologyforum.com/forum/showthread.php?74093-How-to-use-HDDErase



Original post:
I want to "format and start over" (as I like to call it), and I plan on using Secure Erase as described here. But before I do, I have just one question: when I get to the prompt below (which is taken from here), should I click "Drive options (advanced)" so that I can set the format of my SSD, or should I just click Next to begin the installation? I mean, does it automatically format the drive anyway when just clicking Next?


Windows_7_Install_Guide_08_png.jpg


I'll be booting from the Windows 7 DVD and choosing the "Custom (advanced)" installation type.
Edited by TwoCables - 2/23/11 at 12:24am
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Just next and it makes the 100MB system reserved partition and the rest windows partition (thats what I do), if you have more than 1 drive attatched it might try to make you install to a more suitable one, no idea why or how it chooses - just that it's tried it on with me before.
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Quote:
Originally Posted by Darren9;12139355 
Just next and it makes the 100MB system reserved partition and the rest windows partition (thats what I do), if you have more than 1 drive attatched it might try to make you install to a more suitable one, no idea why or how it chooses - just that it's tried it on with me before.
If it's going to automatically create that, then I am going to use DiskPart like this which was taught to me by lsdmeasap. It avoids the 100 MB partition and also properly aligns a solid state drive:

  1. To make things easy, disconnect all other drives (but leave any optical disc drives connected)
  2. Boot from the Windows 7 installation DVD
  3. When you see the "Install now" button, click "Repair your computer"
  4. You'll see a little window named "System Recovery Options" appear that searches for Windows installations.
  5. When it finishes, you will see a dialog box. Select "Use recovery tools that can help fix problems starting Windows. Select an operating system to repair.", and then click Next.
  6. Click "Command Prompt"
  7. Type diskpart to load DiskPart
  8. Type list disk
  9. Type select disk 0 (or whichever number your SSD gets)
  10. If you want to be sure you have the right one selected, then type list partition.
  11. Once you know you have the right drive selected, type clean.
  12. Type create partition primary align=1024 (this aligns the solid state drive to 1024 KB)
  13. Type format quick fs=ntfs
  14. It will appear like it's going to take forever, but then it suddenly finishes like 5-10 seconds later, jumping straight from 0% to 100%.
  15. Type active
  16. Type list partition to see your creation. smile.gif
  17. Type exit
  18. Type exit
  19. Click Restart
  20. Boot from the DVD again and perform a normal installation using the "Custom (advanced)" type of installation. Do not format it manually.

So to summarize:
  1. Get to that Command Prompt
  2. Type diskpart
  3. Type list disk
  4. Type select disk 0 (or whichever number it turns out to be)
  5. Type clean
  6. Type create partition primary align=1024
  7. Type format quick fs=ntfs
  8. Type active
  9. Type exit
  10. Type exit
  11. Click Restart
  12. Install Windows 7 without formatting it manually

That is, I'll do this after using Secure Erase.
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I'm lead to believe it only contains backups of boot stuff/recovery environment and is really used for BitLocker, I think if you use that you might need it but otherwise not. The Diskpart method certainly makes a good alignment and avoids the 100MB partition, I've just not ever had trouble leaving it.
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Quote:
Originally Posted by Darren9;12139946 
I'm lead to believe it only contains backups of boot stuff/recovery environment and is really used for BitLocker, I think if you use that you might need it but otherwise not. The Diskpart method certainly makes a good alignment and avoids the 100MB partition, I've just not ever had trouble leaving it.
I just like things to look clean. smile.gif
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No need to format after a secure erase.
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post #7 of 8
I did exactly what you are talking about just recently. All I did, after the secure erase, was boot from the Win 7 disk, clicked Drive Options and formatted. It makes the 100MB partition as well but I just deleted it and then installed Windows.
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UPDATE:
I finally got around to using Secure Erase (HDDErase), and everything went just as smooth as butter. smile.gif The main reason why I am mentioning it is because I was considering asking all of OCN if Secure Erase is compatible with the Callisto Deluxe on the EP45-UD3P. So I hope that this thread can answer that same question for someone else!

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http://www.ocztechnologyforum.com/fo...o-use-HDDErase
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