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June 14, 2012 11:15:51 PM

Is it safe to format an SSD?
Will it harm it in any way?
Will it decrease its longevity by any amount?

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June 14, 2012 11:24:26 PM

this is a good question, actually i would be curious to know the answer too. i am selling my old mushkin SSD to my brother and i want to format it and get my OS off and so he can install his fresh copy of Windows on it. so any help for us would be appreciated!
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June 14, 2012 11:26:28 PM

there is a save way . some time the company will have a formatting tool for there SSD.
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June 14, 2012 11:28:24 PM

island55 said:
this is a good question, actually i would be curious to know the answer too. i am selling my old mushkin SSD to my brother and i want to format it and get my OS off and so he can install his fresh copy of Windows on it. so any help for us would be appreciated!



first go to the website and look in to there SSD if they have a tool for formatting. if not then your brother would just have to override the OS on the SDD. that the only to safes things i can only tell you .

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June 14, 2012 11:34:16 PM

the SSD is a Samsung 830 128GB
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June 14, 2012 11:43:40 PM

hmmm i dont see any tool for samsung ...... should of got ocz but any ways , well you can quick format the ssd but im still unsure if you can do that .
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June 14, 2012 11:47:15 PM

thanks supel for your reply.
any one out there that knows for sure?
any one out there that has tried?
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June 15, 2012 12:49:00 AM

wrenaudrey said:
thanks supel for your reply.
any one out there that knows for sure?
any one out there that has tried?



yea download magician software from samsung
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June 15, 2012 1:04:59 AM

Hi,

The safest and fastest way to format an SSD is to execute the SECURE_ERASE command that is native to the SSD controller.

You should not use any formatting or data erasure programs as these can damage the SSD and degrade performance

SECURE_ERASE can be triggered only on an unmounted, non-system drive and will completely reset the disk to factory settings. There are multiple tools that can do this, some may be provided by the drive manufacturer but my personal favorite is PartedMagic which can be obtained for free from http://partedmagic.com
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June 15, 2012 9:23:34 AM

sepulvedajoseph94 said:
http://www.samsung.com/us/support/owners/product/MZ-7PC... im guessing magic tool would do the formatting


This magic tool, would i need to install it on another computer with another OS and format the ssd through this other computer?? Cause think about it, cant really open this magic tool on the drive that i want to format.
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June 16, 2012 1:02:19 AM

Best answer selected by wrenaudrey.
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