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Windows 7: Drive clean?

2 Weeks Ago   #1
Alexey2912

W7 Pro 32bit
 
 
Drive clean?

Hi,

Is it smart to clean a SSD, before a install, like a zero fill format?

If yes, what would be the best method?

Thanks.


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2 Weeks Ago   #2
Alexey2912

W7 Pro 32bit
 
 

Is it possible to clean a single drive using diskpart?

Thanks.
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2 Weeks Ago   #3
Barman58

Windows 10 Pro x64 x2 Windows 10 Enterprise x64, Ubuntu
 
 

If performing a clean install from DVD or USB pen Drive there is an option when selecting where to install windows that allows you to remove existing and create new partitions and to format the resultant partitions as needed - that is the only preparatory disk work I've performed in the past and have never had any issues in many years and thousands of installs.

My normal procedure these days is to delete all partitions on the system drive during the install and install onto the raw disk and let windows decide what partitions to create and how the format them
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2 Weeks Ago   #4
Alexey2912

W7 Pro 32bit
 
 

Thanks @Barman58, for your views. So you mean to say that W7 DVD, during install, at step 4, after having deleted partitions, on the unallocated space to install W7, shall automatically format, before the install process starts......correct?
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2 Weeks Ago   #5
Barman58

Windows 10 Pro x64 x2 Windows 10 Enterprise x64, Ubuntu
 
 

Windows 7 will by default create and format two partitions in the empty unformatted space - the first is a System partition around 100MB and the rest of the free space becomes the C:\ drive that contains the OS.

It will also format these to a spec that is best for the purpose (normally NTFS).

It's advisable to have around 100- 200 GBytes of free space on a drive for an installation, (Perfect for the common sizes of SSD), but you can get away with 30-100 GBytes as long as you do not intend to install too many major apps which will be installed to C:\ by default
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2 Weeks Ago   #6
ignatzatsonic

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Windows 7 Home Premium SP1, 64-bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Alexey2912 View Post
Is it possible to clean a single drive using diskpart?

Thanks.
Yes. That's what the command does.

It does NOT clean a single partition. The command applies to the ENTIRE drive. You have complete control over WHICH drive, but not WHICH partition on each drive. You could clean 4 drives, but you would have to run the command 4 times.
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2 Weeks Ago   #7
AddRAM

Windows 7 Pro x64 Windows 10 Pro x64
 
 

Diskpart is dangerous, if you don`t know what you`re doing, don`t use it.

Just format your install partition, that is enough.
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2 Weeks Ago   #8
Alexey2912

W7 Pro 32bit
 
 

Thanks all, appreciate your expert replies , did let W7 DVD do it.
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