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Wiping SSD to get fresh install of OS and such

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April 8, 2012 10:39:04 PM

So I'm wanting to wipe my SSD to clean out all the crap that slipped onto the drive. So it has TRIM turned on in WIN 7. So I have found multiple how to forums. Some say just do the normal format when you put in the OS cd and others say you Secure Erase or other random programs that you execute via usb boot device. This a reinstall btw. So what are your thoughts?
a c 523 G Storage
April 8, 2012 10:52:26 PM

Both methods are correct and will wipe your drive.

Secure Erase restores a SSD to fresh-out-of-the-box condition.

A format will delete any existing partitions (and data) on the drive.

If you do a fresh Windows install you don't have to do either if you don't want to.
When Windows asks where you want to install to, just point to the previous Windows partition. Windows will delete the old partition (and its data) and install fresh.
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a c 261 G Storage
April 9, 2012 12:11:17 AM

I say just let windows do a full format when installing it again!
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a c 87 G Storage
April 9, 2012 1:36:41 AM

Secure Erase won't do much if the SSD hasn't been used a lot already.

Make sure you have the latest FIRMWARE update.

*I'm not quite certain why you are reinstalling Windows. Unless you have an issue like a virus or you're installing a new version of Windows I don't see the point.

FYI, are you aware that Windows has a limited number of re-activations. Regardless of whether you reinstall Windows, make sure to create occasional backup Images using Acronis True Image. Free version available if a local or USB drive is WD or Seagate.

So in the future if you want to do a clean "install" you can simply RESTORE not reinstall. Always keep the backup you make after a fresh installation, Windows update and drivers, and ACTIVATION. Then, when you restore not only does it save time but you don't waste an Activation.

You should periodically delete your TEMP folder. Here's how:
1) reboot your computer
2) type %temp% into the Start Menu
3) Select All, then delete (skip anything it flags)
4) Empty the Recycle Bin
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March 15, 2014 8:48:04 AM

Don't forget the PREFETCH

Start
type RUN
type in Prefetch
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