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Old September 24, 2010, 01:22 AM
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Hey Folks (AKG)........

Planning on a "clean install" of W7 .....is thier anything special to do to my Intel 80GB G2 for prep? I have been using it as my Boot Drive for about a year or so (I think).... ;)

No issues at all with the drive, regularly run Intel Toolbox Optimizer - Flashed to FW 2HD when I first got it (so I could run the toolbox on it).....

Can I simply insert my W7 disc, format it and install?

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btw....I do have a habit of "clean installing" W7 about once every couple of years or so This time I installed a new 980X and in the course of testing OC's (numerous BSOD's) I'm somewhat paranoid of corrupt files....I know I corrupted my GPU Drivers a couple of times.....just not so sure about other files...
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Old September 24, 2010, 01:35 AM
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Install the latest firmware if you haven't already.
Do a secure erase if you've been using it for a while, only takes a few minutes.

You can enlarge the HPA on the drive, essentially adding more free area, to increase the endurance of the drive.
Intel® X25-M and X18-M Mainstream SATA Solid-State Drives - Technical Documents
It's on the 2009 presentation on increasing endurance off the SSD.

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In essence it states:
X25-M 80GB - 100% random host data 4k writes = 7.5TB
X25-M 160GB - 100% random host data 4k writes = 15TB
X25-M 160GB - 100% sequential writes = 370TB
The X25-M 160Gb has 7% spare area. If this is increased to 17% by reducing the partition size (on a secure erased drive) the 4K random write capacity extends to 42TB.
Here's the formula for choosing your size:
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LBA count = (97696368) + (1953504 * (Desired Capacity in Gbytes – 50.0)) Examples:
For 80GB LBA count = 97696368 + (1953504 * (80.0 – 50.0)) = 156301488
For 160GB LBA count = 97696368 + (1953504 * (160.0 – 50.0)) = 312581808
For 240GB LBA count = 97696368 + (1953504 * (240.0 – 50.0)) = 468862128

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Uh.....^^^.......wow....you completely lost me ....after make sure you have the latest FW installed....
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Your SSD can only be written to so many times before it dies. This article explains SSDs very well:
The SSD Anthology: Understanding SSDs and New Drives from OCZ - AnandTech :: Your Source for Hardware Analysis and News
Page 8 and 9 explains what I've posted.
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