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Formatting SSD, gets a special treatment?

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December 2, 2010 7:28:31 PM

I installed full ver. Win 7 64 on my new 100GB SSD. And now I need to format the drive and do a fresh install again Do SSD get the same treatment as HDD? My plan is to format the drive from install win 7 disc.. Many thanks
a b G Storage
December 3, 2010 9:19:50 AM

Yes, they get the same treatment as standard HDDs. Your win 7 disk will format the drive just fine.
Although I'd make a suggestion to change the settings in the BIOS to AHCI instead of IDE before you install Win 7 again.....
December 3, 2010 4:32:40 PM

I thought a veteran would know that, but DO NOT FULL FORMAT AN SSD you will destroy it.
JUST QUICK FORMAT IT.
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December 3, 2010 6:51:37 PM

abswindows7 said:
I thought a veteran would know that, but DO NOT FULL FORMAT AN SSD you will destroy it.
JUST QUICK FORMAT IT.


What? whereis your source?
a b G Storage
December 3, 2010 7:21:45 PM

A quick format is all that is required and will also trigger the TRIM function if your SSD has it. A full format does a lot of unnecessary writes to the SSD's flash memory that will shorten the life of the SSD. The flash memory has a limited number of erase and re-write cycles depending on its gate technology (e.g. 5,000-10,000 cycles for MLC NAND Flash), it's not infinite like an HDD.
a b G Storage
December 3, 2010 10:47:35 PM

^I am not sure, but I think for a full format it writes once to each cell, if each cell has thousands of cycles wouldn't that be kind of insignificant? Not sure though. And Ko888, I know you're using it as an example but doesn't MLC nand flash have over 10,000?
a b G Storage
December 3, 2010 11:25:57 PM

Typical Program/Erase Cycles for MLC SSD NAND is 10,000.

SLC SSD NAND, on the other-hand, have Typical Program/Erase Cycles of 100,000. This type of SSD is usually used in datacenters because of its higher reliability and cost and quicker read and program speeds.
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