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Windows 7: Quick or Full Format for new Intel Series-320

17 Sep 2011   #1
garuda

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
 
 
Quick or Full Format for new Intel Series-320

Just received my two new Intel 320-Series and want to put them in one of my Sager notebooks, which already has an x25-m 160 boot drive. I did the v.1.92 f/w update successfully.

I want to use the two Series-320s for user data files only, not O/S boot drive. So do you recommend a “quick” or “full” format? Does it matter which? Does “full” still check sectors on a new empty SSD?

Any special concerns or advice with these series-320 SSDs since they won’t be the boot HDD? I’m a bit rusty on the SSDs since I haven’t kept up with the new SSD particulars since my initial install of my X25-m boot drives a year ago. Thanks for any advice/comments for the 320s!
garuda


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17 Sep 2011   #2
pparks1

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
 
 

I don't full format anything these days.
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17 Sep 2011   #3
GeneO

Windows 10 Pro. EFI boot partition, full EFI boot
 
 

Don't full format an SSD, do a quick format.
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17 Sep 2011   #4
Kipper

 

You really want to be careful on alignment of your SSD drives.

I am linking to a good friend of mine, she is one of the most knowledgeable reviewers of SSD drives to be found. Read this information here and she links to a program for setting the alignment to ensure the longevity of your new drives.

Dee's SSD Facts and Questions
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18 Sep 2011   #5
karlsnooks

MS Windows 7 Ultimate SP1 64-bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by garuda View Post
Just received my two new Intel 320-Series and want to put them in one of my Sager notebooks, which already has an x25-m 160 boot drive. I did the v.1.92 f/w update successfully.

I want to use the two Series-320s for user data files only, not O/S boot drive. So do you recommend a “quick” or “full” format? Does it matter which? Does “full” still check sectors on a new empty SSD?

Any special concerns or advice with these series-320 SSDs since they won’t be the boot HDD? I’m a bit rusty on the SSDs since I haven’t kept up with the new SSD particulars since my initial install of my X25-m boot drives a year ago. Thanks for any advice/comments for the 320s!
garuda
First don't sweat all of the advice you get on SSDs. Win 7 correctly handles SSDs. There are some other will known operating systems out there which do not.

2nd, I always peform a full format on a new drive. If the mfg has done his job, then this step is overkill, but that isn't always the case and QC does not 100% test.

3rd. Win 7 is not going to try and defrag your SSDs since that is not pertinent to a non-sequential storage media such as a SSD. Win 7 is rather smart.
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18 Sep 2011   #6
pparks1

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by karlsnooks View Post
2nd, I always peform a full format on a new drive. If the mfg has done his job, then this step is overkill, but that isn't always the case and QC does not 100% test.
I would agree it's overkill. I've likely installed at least 200 hard drives in work computers and never once performed a full format and things have been just fine.
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18 Sep 2011   #7
essenbe

Windows 7 Enterprise X64/Windows 10 Enterprise X64/Windows 10 Pro X64/Linux Mint
 
 

I have 4 SSDs and have never run a full format on one, and have never had a problem with one. I create an aligned partition with diskpart and install the OS.
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18 Sep 2011   #8
Kipper

 

As essenbe says

I have 7 or 8 internal SSDs with 4 or 5 of them running 24/7 and have never formatted any of them Quick or Full.

Diskpart or Gparted are your friends and Win7 does a dam fine job of keeping the SSD working great.
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19 Sep 2011   #9
garuda

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
 
 

Thanks again, guys!
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23 Sep 2011   #10
garuda

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
 
 

Preparation of Series-320 drives for use as "file storage" drives instead of using as "O/S installed on boot SSD.
Thanks to all here and whs for your input in helping me with my new Series 320 drives. Since there were several opinions expressed on this thread, I decided to do a bit more research and try a few options --- only because whenever the documentation touted that Win7 would auto-align and therefore formatting was unnecessary, this statement seemed always in the context of W7 being installed on a boot SSD (C-drive).

However, I wasn't certain if the same applied when the SSD was to be used as only a "user file storage" drive instead of boot drive. I suspiciously reasoned, that without any interface with W7 (by either formatting or installing O/S), how could the SSD know how to offset for proper alignment.

I will share what I learned from my experience which might help novices (like myself) facing the same situation. First, I updated to firmware ver. 1.9.2. (Even the latest new Series320s have only old F/W 0302 installed on it). Then "initialized" SSD in W7's Computer Management window. (ORB > Control Panel > Sys& Sec > Admin Tools > Computer Mgmt > Disk Mgmt). Then from my experience, two options are available to achieve both "Basic/Simple Volume" and "1024 Offset (or something divisible by 4).

Opt#1: right-click unallocated SSD box in Computer Mgmt panel, select "Simple Volume" and follow the Wizard's dialog sequence and select "Quick Format" (all default values will work).

Opt#2: follow the " SSD Alignment" tutorial by poster WHS, except ignore the "ACTIVE" command for Diskpart when ONLY wanting to prep the drive for "file storage" and not O/S install. Thanks whs!

ie. furnished by whs:
Diskpart (enter)
List disk (enter)
Select disk n (where n is the number that was given for your SSD in List disk)(enter)
Create partition primary align=1024 (enter)
Exit (enter)

Since I had two drives, I tried both methods out of curiosity; they both worked for me. My numbers are reflected below in the screenshot jpg -- using the Verification procedure by whs. I also include the "data transfer rate" when I copied the old spin HDD to the new SSD. If any of the seasoned veterans see a error with any of these numbers or cares to comment, please reply.


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