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Windows XP Format SSD for Windows 7 HELP!

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July 29, 2012 8:55:10 PM

Hi. I have installed windows XP on an AGILITY 3 90GB performing a #Full Format#, and now want to install Windows 7 instead, and am worried i have damaged the SSD with the windows xp full Format...

Will this effect the performance of the SSD drive once i put Windows 7 on with a clean install?

Worried!!!!!

Thank you : )
a b $ Windows 7
a c 536 G Storage
July 29, 2012 9:41:17 PM

Secure Erase the SSD to restore it to fresh-out-of-the-box condition.

After you SE the drive you can then do a clean install. No need to format the drive, let Windows do it automatically during the installation process.
a b $ Windows 7
a c 536 G Storage
July 29, 2012 9:46:20 PM

Disregard my post. This is a duplicate thread.
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July 29, 2012 10:56:13 PM

Dereck47 said:
Secure Erase the SSD to restore it to fresh-out-of-the-box condition.

After you SE the drive you can then do a clean install. No need to format the drive, let Windows do it automatically during the installation process.


Hi Derek, thanks for your reply. I heard about the secure erase, but a couple of questions;

Where would i obtain the program for it?

How would i use it, run it on the xp window desktop? (as xp doesnt have dos)/.?

Whats the procedure and what happens?

Id like to give this a try tomorrow, if you have any thoughts it would be great,

many thanks again

Tom
a b $ Windows 7
a c 536 G Storage
July 29, 2012 11:52:54 PM

There are 2 methods you can use to SE your Agility 3:

1.) SE your drive with the OCZ Toolbox program. Since SE wipes your SSD the Toolbox has to be run on another drive with an O/S on it. If you don’t have a spare drive then connect your SSD as a secondary drive to a friend’s pc.
2.) SE your drive with the Linux bootable tools.
a.) Download a Linux .iso file from OCZ’s website and burn it to a CD.
b.) In your motherboard’s BIOS change your 1st boot device to your CD drive.
c.) Boot into Linux and double-click an icon that says "Secure Erase".


Method 2 is probably the easiest, you don’t have to open your pc.

You can also use the same CD to update the firmware on your drive if it is not on the latest version.

Here’s the link to the Toolbox: http://www.ocztechnology.com/ssd_tools/SandForce_Based/

Here’s the link to the Linux bootable tools: http://www.ocztechnologyforum.com/forum/showthread.php?...!-Bootable-tools-for-OCZ-SSD-s
July 31, 2012 10:21:06 AM

Dereck47 said:
There are 2 methods you can use to SE your Agility 3:

1.) SE your drive with the OCZ Toolbox program. Since SE wipes your SSD the Toolbox has to be run on another drive with an O/S on it. If you don’t have a spare drive then connect your SSD as a secondary drive to a friend’s pc.
2.) SE your drive with the Linux bootable tools.
a.) Download a Linux .iso file from OCZ’s website and burn it to a CD.
b.) In your motherboard’s BIOS change your 1st boot device to your CD drive.
c.) Boot into Linux and double-click an icon that says "Secure Erase".


Method 2 is probably the easiest, you don’t have to open your pc.

You can also use the same CD to update the firmware on your drive if it is not on the latest version.

Here’s the link to the Toolbox: http://www.ocztechnology.com/ssd_tools/SandForce_Based/

Here’s the link to the Linux bootable tools: http://www.ocztechnologyforum.com/forum/showthread.php?...!-Bootable-tools-for-OCZ-SSD-s


Great result Dereck, that worked a treat, and was very fast also! Many thanks for the advice, all is back to normal again, great stuff" all the best
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