Originally Posted by PP Mguire
Simply partition and format in the Windows 7 install like you normally would. Itll tell you that it will create a 100MB system partition which is normal.
Mguire, thanks. Do you allow it to create the 100mb partition or do you go bigger, smaller, or nada?
Originally Posted by farinha
I would use the Secure Eraser software from OCZ to format the drive.
Does OCZ offer the Secure Eraser software at their website?
I could not find Secure Eraser...
I did find the following post from a friend at another site and I just tried it and it seems to work well:
Note: many people make the mistake and partition and format the SSD incorrectly. The easiest way to get it right is to partition and format the drive while connected to a windows Vista or windows 7 PC. Only use a single partition. Using more than one partition or allowing windows setup to partition and format the drive will cause alignment problems which will seriously reduce drive performance and drive life. If you can't format the drive from within windows you can use Diskpart. See instructions below.
1 - Boot up from the Windows 7 installation disc.
2 - Choose Repair your computer.
3 - In the System Recovery Options screen, choose Use recovery tools... and click Next.
4 - Open the Command Prompt.
5 - Type diskpart and hit Enter.
6 - Type list disk . Find the disk you wish to install Windows 7 on. If you only have one disk then it will show as disk 0. If you have multiple disks find the drive you wish to install 7 on.
7 - Type select disk 0 (or use the number of the disk you wish to install Windows 7 on)(note - that is a zero)
8 - Type list partition. There shouldn't be any.
9 - Type create partition primary.
10- Type select partition 1.
11- Type active.
12- Type format quick.
13- When finished reboot and begin your installation.
This worked well for me tonight. I hope it helps someone else!