How to Prep a USED SSD for Windows 10 Clean Install?

  1. mangorunner's Avatar
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    Windows 10 Home ver 20H2, Build 19042.867
       #1

    How to Prep a USED SSD for Windows 10 Clean Install?


    I have a Samsung SSD 850 EVO 250 GB . I got in a pinch with a failing hard drive on another PC and temporarily used this SSD for a short time to hold personal data files. All of those data files have been backed up and I'm ready to re-use this SSD drive for a clean install of Windows 10. However, all those old data files are still on the SSD. What is the best way to prep the drive for the Windows 10 fresh install process?

    • Should I use Samsung Magician's Secure Erase function?
    • Should I let Windows reformat the drive during the Windows 10 clean install process? (I have not actually been through the process, but I have read that it will be an option.)
    • Is there another, better method?


    Thanks very much for the advice. This is an INCREDIBLE forum and resource for Windows 10!
    Carol
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  2. SIW2's Avatar
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    trying to install win10
       #2

    Quick format will be fine. No point in wearing the thing out. If you are using windows setup, you can do it during the installation process.
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  3. mangorunner's Avatar
    Posts : 24
    Windows 10 Home ver 20H2, Build 19042.867
    Thread Starter
       #3

    @SIW2, thanks a million! I'm off to the races!

    Carol
      My Computer

  4. mangorunner's Avatar
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    Windows 10 Home ver 20H2, Build 19042.867
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       #4

    I completed the Windows 10 clean install. However, to help anyone else, note that the option to Format is only available BEFORE you delete any partitions. AFTER you delete partitions, the Format option is greyed out.

    Here are the photos I took along the process:
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    How to Prep a USED SSD for Windows 10 Clean Install?-img_6413-large-.jpg

    How to Prep a USED SSD for Windows 10 Clean Install?-img_6414-large-.jpg

    The remainder of the install went well. Hope this helps some folks!

    Carol
      My Computer

  5. Ztruker's Avatar
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    Windows 10 Pro X64 20H4 19042.746
       #5

    No need to format at that point. Just click Next and let the installer create the partitions it needs.
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  6. mangorunner's Avatar
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    Windows 10 Home ver 20H2, Build 19042.867
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       #6

    Ya, no kidding!
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