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Which one should I format first? My HDD or the SSD?

Not sure where to post this, so i'll just post it here and in the software section.

I am buying a new cpu and motherboard, so it is advised to format my pc. However, i have an SSD (windows is installed here) and an HDD. So which one should I do first? Should I format the HDD first and then secure erase the SSD? Or is it a way to fromat/secure erase both of them at the same time? The problem is that I have folders like the Index or Downloads which are by default, on the SSD, but i switched them to the HDD so it won't take up much space on the SSD. I am scared that if I format one of them first, I won't be able to access the Windows to format the other one.

Help please? Also, is there a FREE program like Parted Magic to secure erase the SSD? (parted magic isn't free anymore)
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    If you format both drives, you're going to lose your Windows install. Use the install disc or flash drive and reinstall windows, when you get to the options on where to install windows, delete the partitions on both drives and create new ones. This will reformat and erase your data.
  2. P1nnacle said:
    If you format both drives, you're going to lose your Windows install. Use the install disc or flash drive and reinstall windows, when you get to the options on where to install windows, delete the partitions on both drives and create new ones. This will reformat and erase your data.


    so i should do this AFTER i installed the new motherboard and cpu right? and therefore, i don't need to uninstall the current motherboard and cpu drivers right?
  3. Nuno Miguel Costa said:
    P1nnacle said:
    If you format both drives, you're going to lose your Windows install. Use the install disc or flash drive and reinstall windows, when you get to the options on where to install windows, delete the partitions on both drives and create new ones. This will reformat and erase your data.


    so i should do this AFTER i installed the new motherboard and cpu right? and therefore, i don't need to uninstall the current motherboard and cpu drivers right?


    Install it after you put the new board and CPU in, but you will have to Install your drivers, formatting is the same as deleting all your data.
  4. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mME9VLT7-xw&feature=player_detailpage#t=160 so there, where it says 'Refresh/Delete/Format/...' should i choose delete or format? Keep in mind that SSD's should not be formatted (secure erase is what is recommended).
  5. Nuno Miguel Costa said:
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mME9VLT7-xw&feature=player_detailpage#t=160 so there, where it says 'Refresh/Delete/Format/...' should i choose delete or format? Keep in mind that SSD's should not be formatted (secure erase is what is recommended).


    Delete, windows will format the drive when you install.
  6. P1nnacle said:
    Nuno Miguel Costa said:
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mME9VLT7-xw&feature=player_detailpage#t=160 so there, where it says 'Refresh/Delete/Format/...' should i choose delete or format? Keep in mind that SSD's should not be formatted (secure erase is what is recommended).


    Delete, windows will format the drive when you install.


    won't that damage the ssd? Because i've read that ssd's shouldn't be formatted.
  7. Nuno Miguel Costa said:
    P1nnacle said:
    Nuno Miguel Costa said:
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mME9VLT7-xw&feature=player_detailpage#t=160 so there, where it says 'Refresh/Delete/Format/...' should i choose delete or format? Keep in mind that SSD's should not be formatted (secure erase is what is recommended).


    Delete, windows will format the drive when you install.


    won't that damage the ssd? Because i've read that ssd's shouldn't be formatted.


    No, you're thinking of defragmentation. Formatting is fine.
  8. ok mate, thanks a lot!
  9. ok mate, thanks a lot!
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