Jump to content
Search In
  • More options...
Find results that contain...
Find results in...

Formatting an NVMe drive with a previous Windows installation on it, for a clean install of Windows?

atxcyclist
 Share

Apparently DBAN won't work for this, my motherboard has to be in CSM mode to launch it so I cannot see my NVMe drive. Samsung tools won't work because it's my boot drive. Windows USB created install media just does a quick format that I cannot guarantee will leave me a clean slate to work with. How does one do this on a boot NVMe drive?

My Current Setup:

AMD Ryzen 2700X 50th Anniversary

Kingston HyperX Fury 3200mhz 2x16GB

MSI B450 Gaming Plus

Cooler Master Hyper 212 Evo

EVGA RTX 3060 Ti XC

Samsung 970 EVO Plus 2TB

WD 5400RPM 2TB

EVGA G3 750W

RAIDMAX Monster II

beQuiet PureWings 3 140mm x5

 

Link to comment
Share on other sites

Link to post
Share on other sites

^

If you really want to i guess you could boot into a live Linux distro and format from there.

Link to comment
Share on other sites

Link to post
Share on other sites

When you are choosing where to install the OS just remove all the partitions and format like said before. You CAN do this from Windows but you need to use diskpart and tinker a bit.

TuringMachine

Ryzen 5 3600x - Asus Strix B450-F - Asus ROG RTX 2060S Strix AD - Fury Beast 3200 2x16 GB DDR4 - Phanteks P400S - Corsair RM 650x - BeQuiet! Dark Rock 4 - 2x Kingston A2000 NVMe 1TB SSD (RAID 0) - 2x Samsung QVO 1TB SSD (RAID 0) - Seagate Barracuda 3TB

Link to comment
Share on other sites

Link to post
Share on other sites

18 minutes ago, Electronics Wizardy said:

Just format with the windows installer, no need for any other programs than the installer

 

Well, I've gone ahead and done this. Always feel better doing a full format on a drive for a fresh install, but then again I'm probably just stuck in the old ways. I still remember having to manually give a park command to my hard drive before moving a computer, so things have changed.

My Current Setup:

AMD Ryzen 2700X 50th Anniversary

Kingston HyperX Fury 3200mhz 2x16GB

MSI B450 Gaming Plus

Cooler Master Hyper 212 Evo

EVGA RTX 3060 Ti XC

Samsung 970 EVO Plus 2TB

WD 5400RPM 2TB

EVGA G3 750W

RAIDMAX Monster II

beQuiet PureWings 3 140mm x5

 

Link to comment
Share on other sites

Link to post
Share on other sites

Just now, atxcyclist said:

Well, I've gone ahead and done this. Always feel better doing a full format on a drive for a fresh install, but then again I'm probably just stuck in the old ways. I still remember having to manually give a park command to my hard drive before moving a computer, so things have changed.

That is always best. A clean fresh OS install. One of the good things in life lol.

TuringMachine

Ryzen 5 3600x - Asus Strix B450-F - Asus ROG RTX 2060S Strix AD - Fury Beast 3200 2x16 GB DDR4 - Phanteks P400S - Corsair RM 650x - BeQuiet! Dark Rock 4 - 2x Kingston A2000 NVMe 1TB SSD (RAID 0) - 2x Samsung QVO 1TB SSD (RAID 0) - Seagate Barracuda 3TB

Link to comment
Share on other sites

Link to post
Share on other sites

41 minutes ago, atxcyclist said:

Well, I've gone ahead and done this. Always feel better doing a full format on a drive for a fresh install, but then again I'm probably just stuck in the old ways. I still remember having to manually give a park command to my hard drive before moving a computer, so things have changed.

Formatting in the installer will do the exact same thing as those programs. It resets the disk to a clean state so there are no remants of the previous install.

Link to comment
Share on other sites

Link to post
Share on other sites

not quite. 
If you really want to fresh install, and the best for the SSD, you do a secure erase (the only solution that deletes all data on the whole SSD).
It's better for the SSD, then just formatting, bring speeds back if it was working in no TRIM, or GC environment.

But for normal use, formatting it from windows install should do the job.

Ps. DBAN would actually be very bad for the SSD. 

Link to comment
Share on other sites

Link to post
Share on other sites

Create an account or sign in to comment

You need to be a member in order to leave a comment

Create an account

Sign up for a new account in our community. It's easy!

Register a new account

Sign in

Already have an account? Sign in here.

Sign In Now
 Share


×