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Destroying Data On Ssd Drive


I've got a 60gb ocz agility drive that i have been using for a few weeks. I decided to upgrade to a larger drive and sell this one off. What is everyone using to clear the data off an ssd? Do i still need to use something like dban or will a secure erase suffice?

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Ahci Ssd Os And Raid 1 Data Drives P6td Setup

Not sure how this would be configured in the bios or whether it can be done. Requirements: os drive must support trim

Question: how should the bios be configured to support this arrangement. Enable ahci in the bios? Or should it be set to raid? If set to raid does the trim/ahci functionality in windows 7 still work for the ssd drive? If it is set to ahci can i set up a raid data drive?

Build: windows 7 ultimate 64bit
P6td deluxe (asus) board. 80gig intel ssd x-25 g2
2 x 1 tb segate sata drives
Sata lg dvd burner

Would like the ssd for c:(os)
And the 2 segate drives as mirrored data drives.


Posted On: 12-03-2009, 02:44 PM . View Related Posts . . View 4 Replies .

Destroying My Drives For Recycle.

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Posted On: 01-04-2010, 04:57 AM . View Related Posts . . View 9 Replies .

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I've been reading up on the drives, but wanted some advice on how best to use it. I'm looking at the 80gb intel x25-m g2 - primarily because it's in the 'affordable' category at @ $250-$270. I plan to also install a larger internal hdd & run both. 80 gb gives me some concern, as my wife and i are memory hogs (tons of pictures & video of the kid, video games, productivity apps, etc. ) I've got my current, aging 300 gb internal hdd set up in 3 partitions: one for the os & productivity (read ms office, etc. ) Apps, one for video games, and one for my wife's photos, downloads (drivers, mod tools) etc. We've also got an external drive for back up & storing larger video files. The problem is that the 300gb hdd is so fully loaded, i have to delete programs to add content, and things are bogging down. Also, the external hdd is so slow, i can't use it to keep any programs on, because the load times are glacial. So the question: do you keep the sdd limited to only the os & key apps - or go ahead and load it up with your favorite programs? Do you partition an sdd?

What are your best recommendations for using an 80gb sdd?


Posted On: 11-11-2009, 05:27 PM . View Related Posts . . View 12 Replies .

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So i'm looking to upgrade this 64gb core ssd drive to a vertex or falcon drive. I have a few questions regarding what specific combination to go with. Here are my options so far. 2x vertex 60gb raid 0 ~$380
1x falcon 128gb ~$300

$300 is really about the limit of my budget for this so option 1 is really pushing it. I'm leaning heavily towards option 2 then sell off the old drive and get a 2nd one in a couple of months

Second q - i also have a perc5i that i can either use or sell off. My onboard is an ich9r. I'm not sure how much of an increase i would get from the perc (if any). Anyone?

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Anything Better Than Intel Ssd Drive ?

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Posted On: 10-01-2009, 01:06 PM . View Related Posts . . View 6 Replies .

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Issue b: my computer will not recognize my data (flash?) Cards from my digital camcorder/camera. Issue c: my computer's hard drive (drive letter "c") once accepted my firewire uplink (1333). Now, my nle (pinnacle studio 9 plus) give the error message "drive c is not capable of capturing dv data", meaning it's date transfer rate is too slow. How can i fix these issues? Do i have to buy a new hard drive?


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Posted On: 02-05-2010, 06:42 PM . View Related Posts . . View 4 Replies .

Single Ssd Drive To Raid 0

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Posted On: 10-20-2009, 09:39 AM . View Related Posts . . View 19 Replies .

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Can a 16 gb ssd be used as a boot drive on an intel p4c800 deluxe mb? Does it make sense to do so?

I've pretty much decided to install an ssd (probably intel g2 80gb) on my primary home computer, for a number of (obvious) reasons. However, i'm wondering about the computer my wife uses, whether it makes sense to install a smaller ssd on it. Every three years or so i replace my primary computer and cascade everything down (wife's computer, hobby computer, etc - currently there's three at home, and i just recycled two older ones). Her computer is now, in effect, a netbook, since all of our important data is stored on a nas, and she uses the computer mainly for e-mail (web interface), basic open office stuff (create or read word docs, spreadsheets, etc), digital cam pics (which are stored on the nas), and maybe play some music or video. The mb is an intel p4c800 deluxe (no pcie slots, but does have sata, although i assume an earlier sata, not sata ii). Most of the 16gb ssd's i've looked at are for mini pcie slots, or for an external ssd. So i'm not sure if there's even a way to boot up with an ssd on this mb (an ssd for the boot drive is the only reason i'd put a small ssd into it). If there is a way, it seems like a relatively cheap way to significantly boost the performance (specially boot times). Right now the boot drive is a really old and small ide drive (something i had laying around from probably 8 years or so ago). Newegg has a number of 16gb ssd's between $45 and $65 (the max i'm willing to spend for this particular use), but it's not clear if any of them will work. I could just buy her a netbook, but other than the disk, the rest of the system is still fairly capable (decent graphics to a nice lcd monitor, audio, rw dvd optical, etc), and a new netbook is $300 or so. I picked 16gb as the ssd size since i may install win 7 on it (it currently is running vista), but maybe an 8gb ssd would work. Linux (and maybe an 8gb ssd?) Might be an option, depending on a few things. Any comments or suggestions are welcome! I'll even take some ridicule, as long as it's good-natured.


Posted On: 10-15-2009, 06:30 PM . View Related Posts . . View 3 Replies .

Intel X25-m Ssd Drive May Be Bad

I think my intel ssd drive. Model x25-m 160gb

Using windows vista sp2 64bit

This is what happened. I was seeing massive disk acctivity. It was stuttering my system like crazy. I knew intel drives don't have the stutter problem. Was running world of warcaft and the screen kept freezing every few seconds. I looked at the monitor for disk and saw huge disk activity. Then i went to reboot. Even the boot up was taking forever. The drive was just slow as ***. So i figure maybe it's sp2. So i use acronis drive image rescue disk. I started to restore my
Ssd backup boot image (that has sp1 instead on it). But it hit a sector error. So this pretty
Much tells me the drive is bad. So i reboot and now the bios is tripping over the drive. Its detection of drives is hanging. So i had to disconnect the drive. Then the bios came up fine. I'm now running off my older
Platter drive. I just got this drive last friday and it was working perfect. And was using around 60gb of space. Is there anyway to check the drive for errors or to see if its bad?

Forgot to mention i had to flash this drive to the latest firmware. Since the packing date was feb.


Posted On: 05-27-2009, 08:40 PM . View Related Posts . . View 15 Replies .

Ssd Solid State Drive Questions

I've been shopping on-line for a few days now for a ssd and i like what i see performance wise with the drives. I seem to be discovering more questions than answers though at this point and i had a few questions that i'm hoping this community can answer. I'm simply looking to use this ssd with the windows 7 i purchased. I talked with some friends and we all have the same questions regarding a simple setup for this drive which amazingly enough none of us can find on this forum, so without further delay these are the questions we have regarding the drive:

#1. Explain to me like i'm a complete idiot how to install this drive from start to finish with the following setup, brand new installation of windows 7, and the only hard drive is the ssd drive. #2. Explain to me like i'm a complete idiot how to install this drive from start to finish with the following setup, brand new windows 7 installation with one ssd, and one regular hard drive. #3. In a windows 7 clean install does the drive clean itself now with the "auto trimming" or do i still need to do any manual cleanup of the ssd (once again explain it to me like i'm the village idiot)

#4. If i currently have an installation of windows 7 on my ssd and want to delete everything and reinstall windows do i have to do anything special to delete all the data? Or does windows 7 take care of that? I've seen something about having to go into dos to actual delete all the data, once again. Thorough explanation. #5. In regards to the page-file issue, if i have 8 gigs of ram or more, with a windows 7 install, what is the safest bet in regards to the page-file, and what size, not what is fastest but what will work consistently and at what size should i set it? I've seen some recommencing 400mb to be sure there is enough for error reporting, a general answer along the lines of " go with this stupid, you cant go wrong" would be nice. I know i'm not the only one who needs an answer to the above questions. Personally waited almost a year for the kinks to be worked out and windows 7 to be released just #1 build a 64 bit system and #2 get a solid state drive.


Posted On: 11-22-2009, 01:10 AM . View Related Posts . . View 11 Replies .

Os Drive - Short Stroked .12 In Raid 0, Or Ssd ?

I'm in the upgrade process, and am building an i7 computer that will be running windows 7 and be used primarily for br ripping, encoding and editing, as well as gaming. My question is, due to the relatively high prices of a ssd right now (i see most ~60gb ssd going for ~120-180), would it be worth it to get two of the new . 12 500gb platter seagates, short stroke them, and put them in raid 0? For example, buying two of these: seagate 1tb 7200. 12, short stroking them to 100gb / disk, then putting them in raid 0 running together. Because it's using the outer layer, how would that performance compare to a raptor or, say, a ssd?

The reason for asking this is i also have a lot of storage, and will be needing to upgrade my storage in probably 6-8 months or so. If i went ahead and bought the 1tb seagates, used them for the os, then later on down the road (when ssd get a tad cheaper / gb), pop the seagates into my storage computer, and buy a ssd to replace the os drive. What kind of differences will i be seeing? One of the major problems i think i will run into is that i will be picking up aion to see how it is (~10gb starting, without patches), having the os (what is win7, 8 gb or so?), Main programs ie photoshop, ripping software, conversion software, etc, and that's about it. I don't *think* i'll need more than 60gb, but i would prefer to at least get 120gb ssd if i was going to go that route, but for the cost, it doesn't seem worth it with the rate of technological improvements in ssd/hdd recently. Edit: just curious, when ripping / encoding videos, it is beneficial to have a source file on one hdd and the dest file on a different hdd, correct? Ie, having the source on the os drive, encoding it to a secondary hdd, then erasing/moving the source to the dest?


Posted On: 08-25-2009, 03:08 PM . View Related Posts . . View 6 Replies .

How Much Of An Overkill Is A Ssd For Whs System Drive ?

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Posted On: 12-08-2009, 06:54 AM . View Related Posts . . View 9 Replies .

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Posted On: 03-17-2010, 01:58 AM . View Related Posts . . View 2 Replies .

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My understanding is that because of wear-leveling and other ssd voodoo that there is another logical layer interspersed between the os and the hardware. Does this have an effect on tools that access the hard-drive at a low-level?

For example, if i image a 80gig mechanical hard-drive and attempt to put that image/partition on an ssd, is it a straightforward process?

What about truecrypt in container mode? Truecrypt allocated a big-ass file, and then does a lot of operations on the internals of that file. What about truecrypt in whole-disk mode?

What about in other applications that i might not have thought of? (It is my understanding that defragging is largely redundant because of the way that the ssd natively spreads files across the whole of the disk. )


Posted On: 07-23-2009, 09:53 PM . View Related Posts . . View 8 Replies .

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Posted On: 01-22-2010, 03:39 PM . View Related Posts . . View 3 Replies .

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Posted On: 04-23-2009, 03:52 PM . View Related Posts . . View 2 Replies .

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Posted On: 07-02-2009, 08:54 PM . View Related Posts . . View 2 Replies .

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Posted On: 05-16-2009, 08:44 PM . View Related Posts . . View 2 Replies .

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