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Windows 7: Do I need to format my SSD before doing a fresh Win 7 intall?


20 Mar 2012   #1

Windows 7 Home Premium 64 Bit
 
 
Do I need to format my SSD before doing a fresh Win 7 intall?

Hi all,

I have just purchased a new SSD (OCZ Agility 3 120GB) and have just a couple of question before i take the plunge and enjoy what I have been told is the best bang for buck upgrade I could of got.

1. Do i need to format the SSD straight out of the box before using it for a fresh install of Win 7?

2. If i unplug my existing hard drive and then plug my new ssd in and install windows, can i then plug my old HD in and format it from the new windows installation?

Many thanks in advance and I apologise if there are already posts on this but after hours of sifting i couldn't find a definative answer.

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20 Mar 2012   #2

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Windows 7 SP1, Home Premium, 64-bit
 
 

The SSD will be formatted automatically as part of the Win 7 install process. You don't need to independently format it.

Yes, you will be able to plug the old drive back in and have your way with it---reformat, retrieve data, etc. Be sure it is unplugged before you install to the SSD.
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20 Mar 2012   #3

Windows 7 Ultimate SP1 64-Bit
 
 

Have a look at this useful tutorial: SSD / HDD : Optimize for Windows Reinstallation
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20 Mar 2012   #4

Windows 7 Home Premium 64 Bit
 
 

Excellent, thank you for the prompt reply. Think i will still back-up my data before i give it the old unplug reinstall. Looking forward to booting up with it!
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20 Mar 2012   #5

Windows 7 Ultimate SP1 64-Bit
 
 

You're most welcome.

Backing up your important data first is an excellent idea.

Please post back to let us know how you get on or if you need further help.
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20 Mar 2012   #6

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Windows 7 Ultimate SP1 X64 (Windows 8.1, Linux Mint, Windows XP and others in VM)
 
 

The tutorial linked by Seavixen is excellent, but the 'clean all' command is not necessary on a new SSD.
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21 Mar 2012   #7

Windows 7 Home Premium 64 Bit
 
 

Just a quick note to say thank you for the info guys. The drive is all installled lovely, just having a few issues with the stupid 2.5 to 3.5 adapter i got! But the ssd is fantastic, definately one of the best upgrades I have done.

Next stop mobo and processor!

Again big thank you for all your advise.
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21 Mar 2012   #8

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Windows 7 Ultimate 64
 
 

One of the best adapters with a SSD are Velcro dots and place the drive behind the mobo if your case allows and then you don't use a drive space at all.
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21 Mar 2012   #9

Windows 7 Ultimate SP1 64-Bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by AndyW1984 View Post
Just a quick note to say thank you for the info guys. The drive is all installled lovely, just having a few issues with the stupid 2.5 to 3.5 adapter i got! But the ssd is fantastic, definately one of the best upgrades I have done.

Next stop mobo and processor!

Again big thank you for all your advise.
You're very welcome.

Pleased to hear the upgrade is going well and thanks for the update.
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