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So I want to swtich over my SSD to a new rig as a boot drive (then later add my storage drive). What's the best way to handle the switchover? i.e. I know I should use some utility to reformat the SSD, but how do I do that without an operating system?
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The best way is to begin with Secure Erase by doing it exactly as described here:

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

(direct download of Secure Erase)

Then install Windows 7 normally (boot from the DVD, of course).

I recently learned first-hand that Secure Erase is a pleasure to use and it really does restore the SSD back to factory-fresh performance!
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Download a Gparted Live CD to format the drive. Or when you are installing an OS on the drive in the new computer you can use that CD to format the drive as most OS' including win 7 have an option to format the drive before any installation takes place.

EDIT: TwoCables' way is better go with that
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post #4 of 14
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This sounds like a good way to do it.

Now, about how big is a backup ISO from, say, my 30GB Vertex? Can I also fit THAT on a bootable USB, just in case something goes awry during the Secure Erase procedure?

And Jammo, I really think you're beginning to e-stalk me...if not me, then my baby
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Originally Posted by mike44njdevils View Post
This sounds like a good way to do it.

Now, about how big is a backup ISO from, say, my 30GB Vertex? Can I also fit THAT on a bootable USB, just in case something goes awry during the Secure Erase procedure?

And Jammo, I really think you're beginning to e-stalk me...if not me, then my baby
The worst that could happen it isn't compatible for some weird reason and then you'd have to use the Linux method that's described in that thread I linked. I mean, it won't brick the SSD or anything: it'll just wipe it perfectly clean right back to the factory-fresh state.

Anyway, I've never created an ISO.
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Anyway, I've never created an ISO.
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And Jammo, I really think you're beginning to e-stalk me...if not me, then my baby
I refuse to answer any questions without my Lawyer present .
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I refuse to answer any questions without my Lawyer presetn .
touche...

Also, keeping the thread going, I was NOT very clear on my 2nd point.

If I was to backup my current boot drive to ISO, about how big should it be, and can I remount that ISO back on the boot drive (or other boot drive) if I want to get my "old" computer back up and running?
post #9 of 14
Heres what i do when i re format and reinstall:

  • I backup the User, Program files and Program files (X86) To another HD (make sure to include hidden files and folders).
  • I then format and reinstall windows.
  • I then make the user accounts the same names and then make an extra account called ADMIN or somother non descript name.
  • Log into the ADMIN account and go to the C drive and then replace the user folder with the backup but when it asks if you want to replace the files chose the copy but name them like so "data.dat" to "data (2).dat" option at the bottom.
  • Then I log out and delete the admin account.
  • I then install all my programs as if i was installing them the 1st time but once they have installed i replace the files in the program files with the ones in my backup ( i do this for games so it installs the Nesecary Dlls and shortcuts but keep all my current patches)
  • And then your done.
However in the case of my user files i have them MKlinked to my storage drive anyways, so all i have to do is create a new link every time i reinstall. After that all my files pop back up, even my wallpaper setting and win themes setting are back to how i like them.
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post #10 of 14
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Originally Posted by jammo2k5 View Post
Heres what i do when i re format and reinstall:

  • I backup the User, Program files and Program files (X86) To another HD (make sure to include hidden files and folders).
  • I then format and reinstall windows.
  • I then make the user accounts the same names and then make an extra account called ADMIN or somother non descript name.
  • Log into the ADMIN account and go to the C drive and then replace the user folder with the backup but when it asks if you want to replace the files chose the copy but name them like so "data.dat" to "data (2).dat" option at the bottom.
  • Then I log out and delete the admin account.
  • I then install all my programs as if i was installing them the 1st time but once they have installed i replace the files in the program files with the ones in my backup ( i do this for games so it installs the Nesecary Dlls and shortcuts but keep all my current patches)
  • And then your done.
However in the case of my user files i have them MKlinked to my storage drive anyways, so all i have to do is create a new link every time i reinstall. After that all my files pop back up, even my wallpaper setting and win themes setting are back to how i like them.
Damn. I'd be afraid that I'd discover one day that I forgot how I set everything up (kinda like how I can forget a best friend's phone number thanks to speed dial).
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250 GB Samsung 840 EVO (C:\) 250 GB Samsung 840 EVO (D:\) 150 GB WD VelociRaptor Samsung SH-S243N 24x DVD Burner 
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250 GB Samsung 840 EVO (C:\) 250 GB Samsung 840 EVO (D:\) 150 GB WD VelociRaptor Samsung SH-S243N 24x DVD Burner 
Optical DriveCoolingOSMonitor
Samsung SH-S203N 20X DVD Burner Thermaltake Frio Win 7 Home Premium x64 SP1 Retail AOC G2460PG (24" 1920 x 1080 144Hz G-SYNC) 
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