|16 Apr 2011||#1|
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Re-imaging a SSD.
I have a Intel 320 120GB SSD that I just installed last Tuesday. Everything went well with loading a image on it from my spinning HDD. Offset is correct and thdrive is running well.
I got up the other morning to find that somehow Windows Auto Update had been turned on and the system had restarted after Win Update had downloaded & installed 18 updates without my permission.
So today I re-loaded that original image I had used on Tuesday to get rid of the 18 updates (Whether I do them in the further is up to me not MS).
This started me thinking about loading a image on a SSD drive.
1) Should I first run the Clean All command to wipe the drive before loading a image on it?
2) What effect does re-imaging a SSD have on the data, partitions and files that are already on the drive?
The program I use is Acronis TI 2011 that they say has full SSD support. But what does that really mean. During the re-image TI deletes all partitions and then recreates them as to what is contained in the image, even if they are the same.
Reading some reports about SSDs deleting partitions & formatting the speed of the SSD was reduced by just deleting a partition and then recreating it and wasn't reduced by just formatting it. In fact formatting it seemed to improve the performance.
So now I'm wondering Should I go back and format or run the Clean All command and then re-image the drive with that original image.
Or am I just being totally Anal Retentive.
Thanks for any comment. And I do mean any.
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|16 Apr 2011||#2|
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I say leave it alone, when TI puts the image back on the drive it will format it correctly.
I personally use the steps given here when I want to clean my Intel SSDs prior to re-imageing my drives. The info came from the OCZ forum but is applicable to any SSD.
Secure Erase with bootable CD
You can download Parted Magic here.
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