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  1. #31


    Sydney, Nova Scotia, Canada
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    Quote Originally Posted by Tully View Post
    Alphanmeric:

    I guess I just didn't think out of the box!

    Of Course, a clean install! I will do that right away!
    Lucky, I have drives & software to do it!
    I just wasn't reading between the lines.
    It wasn't mentioned in the instructions, so I made a bad assumption!

    Will give you a point for that one.

    Thanx
    OK, that solves that, I was wondering if that's what happened and you didn't realize you could install to an SSD just like any other hard drive. Cloning has its advantages. You don't have to reinstall Windows, all your programs, all your games etc. When it works that's is. As you've seen it can have disadvantages too when something goes wrong in the process. Unplug any drives that have Windows installed to them when you do your clean install to the SSD. If you don't, you could end up with a dual boot setup that you don't want.

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  2. #32

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    How do you format an SSD?

    Tully
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  3. #33


    Sydney, Nova Scotia, Canada
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    Quote Originally Posted by Tully View Post
    How do you format an SSD?

    Tully
    The same way you do any other hard drive. If your talking about during the Windows install, If you select custom install, you'll get the option to delete and create partitions on the drive. I usually just delete all the partitions so that it is a blank drive. Then I let Windows create and format the ones it needs. On my desktop PC, it creates the system reserved and the OS partition automatically. On my laptop it creates those two plus the EFI partition automatically.

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  4. #34


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    As far as Windows is concerned an SSD is just another hard drive. You can partition and format it the same way you do any other hard drive. It looks just like any other hard drive in Disk Management or explorer. You don't need to treat it any different than any other hard drive. Windows knows what it is and will treat as an SSD where it matters, like defrag and TRIM commands. You can also partition and format it in diskpart the same way you do a conventional hard drive.
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  5. #35


    Germany/Florida
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    Vista and Win7


    Quote Originally Posted by Tully View Post
    How do you format an SSD?

    Tully
    Diskpart
    List disk
    Select disk n (where n is the number that was given for your SSD in List disk)
    Clean
    Create partition primary align=1024
    Format fs=ntfs quick
    Active (assuming you want to install an OS)
    Exit

    The main difference to a HDD format is the alignment.
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