How to reformat an SSD?

Hi, I have a SSD and for whatever reason, the first time I installed windows on to it, it would never get past the Windows 7 logo. So I just wanted to know how to completely reformat my SSD as if it was new so I can just re-install windows on to it.

The SSD I have is a Kingston 240GB Hyper X 3K

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  • 7 years ago
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    Use the Windows 7 Installation disk!

    Step 1 - Place Windows 7 DVD in your dvd-rom drive and start your PC. Windows 7 will start to boot up and you will get the following progress bar.

    Step 2 - The next screen allows you to setup your language, time and currency format, keyboard or input method. Choose your required settings and click next to continue.

    Step 3 - The next screen allows you to install or repair Windows 7. Since we are doing a clean install we will click on "install now".

    Step 4 - Read the license terms and tick I accept license terms. Then click next to continue.

    Step 5 - You will now be presented with two options. Upgrade or Custom (Advanced). Since we are doing a clean install we will select Custom (Advanced).

    Step 6 - Choose where you would like to install Windows 7. If you have more that one drive or partition then you need to select the appropriate drive and click next. If you need to format or partition a drive then click Drive options (advance) before clicking next.

    Step 7 - Windows 7 starts the installation process and starts copying all the necessary files to your hard drive as shown on the image below.

    Step 8 - It will go through various stages of the setup and will reboot your system few times.

    Step 9 - When your PC reboots it attempts to boot from DVD as its the first boot device. Do not press any key during the boot prompt so Windows 7 will continue with the installation by booting from the hard drive.

    Step 10 - After the reboot your computer will be prepared for first use.

    Step 11 - At this stage you need to choose a user name and computer name. Click next to continue. The user account you create here is the Administrator account which is the main account for your Windows 7 that has all the privileges.

    Step 12 - Choose your password and password hint just incase you forget your password and need to jog your memory.

    Step 13 - You can now type the product key that came with Windows 7 and click next. If you do not enter the product key you can still proceed to the next stage. However Windows 7 will run in trial mode for 30 days. You must therefore activate Windows within 30 days otherwise you can not access your computer after 30 days.

    Step 14 - Help protect your computer and improve Windows automatically. Choose Use recommended settings.

    Step 15 - Review your time and date settings. Select your time zone, correct the date and time and click next to continue.

    Step 16 - Select your computer's current location. If you are a home user then choose Home network otherwise select the appropriate option.

    Step 17 - Windows will now finalize the settings for your computer and restart.

    Step 18 - After the final restart Windows 7 will start to boot up. You know the rest of the story!

    Source(s): I'm a computer and electronics guy
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  • 4 years ago

    With a domicile windows putting up disc using "stepped forward suggestions" DELETE all present partitions then use the "rapid format" decision the undertaking you desire notice of is that as SSD's age the NAND cells grow to be unresponsive they surely "Die", yet i come across it confusing to have self belief that a 40gb force grew to become that unuseable.... till somebody ran a defrag and optimize application on it with the OS resident on another tricky force. this could examine and write to the cells multiple cases in a quite short quantity of time and wouldbe a sturdy way for say... somebody with a kiddie porn series or a terrorist plotter to injury any recommendations on the force, yet there are additionally much less confusing techniques... like chucking the force into any great physique of water or right into a fireplace.

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