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Windows 7: Do i reformat a SSD using Windows or another way ?

10 Oct 2014   #1
jonnyhillow

Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit 7601 Multiprocessor Free Service Pack 1
 
 
Do i reformat a SSD using Windows or another way ?

If i need to reformat do i need to do a secure erase or just do it the way most do it with Windows?

Do i need to do a command prompt for a second time and enter the below:

Diskpart
List disk Select disk _
Clean
Create partition primary align =1024
format fs=ntfs quick
active
exit


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10 Oct 2014   #2
strollin

W10 Pro desktop, W10 laptop, W10 laptop, W10 Pro tablet (all 64-bit)
 
 

What do you plan to do with the ssd after you format it? If you just want to format it and use it as a data disk then you don't need to do anything special. If you plan to install a new OS, just run the installer and it will give you the option to delete the partitions during install.

If you plan to sell the ssd as a blank drive then you may consider running something like Darik's Boot & Nuke to nuke your personal data.
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10 Oct 2014   #3
LMiller7

Windows 7 Pro 64 bit
 
 

If you are installing an OS just let the installer do it during the installation process. Diskpart is an advanced tool that most computer users aren't even aware of. A secure erase is a security measure to prevent recovery of the previous files. Unless you are selling the drive there is rarely a need. For a storage drive you can just format it from Disk Management.

It all depends on the reason for formatting. Don't make things more complicated than they need to be.
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10 Oct 2014   #4
whs
Microsoft MVP

Vista, Windows7, Mint Mate, Zorin, Windows 8
 
 

Your commands are correct - except for Select Disk which is a seperate command and should be Select Disk n where n is the SSD as shown in List Disk.
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10 Oct 2014   #5
jonnyhillow

Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit 7601 Multiprocessor Free Service Pack 1
 
 

Thanks guys , the only reason i would reformat is if i got into some brutal malware . WHS, yeah the commands i got from you so they should be familiar lol.

When select disk was typed in Command Prompt the SSD showed the disk being the # 0 so it said the selected disk is now 0 and all progressed fine .

Is this a serious mistake and do i need to re do it?
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10 Oct 2014   #6
jonnyhillow

Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit 7601 Multiprocessor Free Service Pack 1
 
 

Oh, i had another question , i heard it's not good to let the computer hibernate when you have an SSD , when i step away from the computer for awhile should i just hit sleep or whats the preferred routine?

Thanks
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10 Oct 2014   #7
JBmorris

Windows Vista Business 32bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by jonnyhillow View Post
Oh, i had another question , i heard it's not good to let the computer hibernate when you have an SSD , when i step away from the computer for awhile should i just hit sleep or whats the preferred routine?

Thanks
Hmm, Maybe because its possible cause of an SSD Fail? Not sure.
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10 Oct 2014   #8
jonnyhillow

Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit 7601 Multiprocessor Free Service Pack 1
 
 

I heard something about it writing when in hibernation mode but i don't know .
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11 Oct 2014   #9
whs
Microsoft MVP

Vista, Windows7, Mint Mate, Zorin, Windows 8
 
 

Quote:
Is this a serious mistake and do i need to re do it?
If it is on the 0 port, than it's ok.

I have never heard this hibernation story. But if you don't use it, you can eliminate the hiberfile and save some GBs on the SSD. The command is powercfg -h off
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11 Oct 2014   #10
jonnyhillow

Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit 7601 Multiprocessor Free Service Pack 1
 
 

Thanks a lot WHS, i always find your info very helpful and i appreciate your response.
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