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idata
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Formatting Intel SSD

I recently had to format my X-25M 160GB 34nm drive in Windows 7. I think I may have deleted one of the partitions which I think was called 'System Reserved.' If I go to the Windows Disk Management control panel it shows 148.95GB for the Intel SSD which I am running as my C drive. There is another partition showing as 101MB Unallocated. I wonder whether this should be formatted or renamed back to System Reserved or is it safe to leave it as unallocated?

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RGiff
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The 100MB is your SYS reserve rename it.

idata
Community Manager
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I'm unclear whether it's best to format it in NTFS as it's currently unallocated. I was hoping for some guidance from Intel.

RGiff
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Iff you did delete your sys partition you need to reinstall windows so your sys restore can work.

idata
Community Manager
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Just to clarify. I reinstalled Windows 7 64 bit. As I was installing it i deleted both partitions, the previous install of Windows 7 and the 100MB partition which appears to have been set up on the drive by Intel before I received it. Reinstalling Windows will clearly not solve this. Perhaps Intel could give some advice on how exactly the 100 MB partition should be formatted and named or advice on whether this is necessary.

RGiff
Honored Contributor I
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the sys reserve is NTFS

RGiff
Honored Contributor I
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See post by james walker on Paragon alignment tool. Maybe running the tool will help.

idata
Community Manager
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Thanks for taking the time to reply Robert. You have been the only person to give some help.

idata
Community Manager
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I researched Windows 7 and found that the 100MB partition is installed when you first install the OS: The 100MB partition is a system partition and contains boot files. Disk Manager will not allow you to remove this partition because removing this partition could cause the system to not boot. You can however remove the old 100MB partition when doing a fresh install at the setup stage. A lesson learned that you should leave this partition alone when doing a fresh install of Windows.

RGiff
Honored Contributor I
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Did you try the Paragon alignmert tool, you should , and read the white paped , Just make sure you download the right file ( 32 bit ) or ( 64 bit ) I ran this software yesterday and I thought my drive was aligned right , but windows did not align it right. Makes big difference. And the software is free only for one more week. So try it.

idata
Community Manager
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I'm not sure that running this Paragon tool is the best option. There are so many companies out there that claim to be able to improve hardware they do not make but claim their software will improve it somehow. I feel the support offered by Intel and the software they provide (Intel SSD toolbox) have been excellent. Thanks for your suggestion though.

RGiff
Honored Contributor I
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Yes but the intel box has no alignment tool. I ran this yesterday Thinking my drive was aligned right cause I had the 100 MB reserve but when I ran the program it found my drive was not align right So I let it do it's thing and my drive was 12% off Thats a big number when you are talking about alignment. After I ran ATTO for benchmark comparison my drive was ( 258650 , Read ) 108250 Write ) Now after alignment , ( 269850, read ) 112975 Write. pretty good increase.

idata
Community Manager
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That's a fair increase in performance. I'm sure Intel will be interested in such a software based technique for improving their hardware. I'll download the tool and see what happens.

RGiff
Honored Contributor I
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Read the post buy James Walker In the SSD community support site. Thats where I read about , check it out I sure you won't be sorry .

idata
Community Manager
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I received no benefit from this 'tool' another piece of software that is now in my recycle bin.

idata
Community Manager
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I use "HDDErase" when i format and it places the ssd back to its orginal state and is very easy to use. Then i sinply let windows 7 installer do its thing after that and it wrks perfect.

http://cmrr.ucsd.edu/people/Hughes/HDDEraseWeb.zip

idata
Community Manager
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Thanks for the suggestion of using HDD Erase Killer. The mistake I made was deleting both the data on my SSD, including the OS, and the 'System Reserved' partition as I was doing a fresh install of Windows 7. I'm still a little unsure whether this 'System Reserved' partition which is around 100MB should be deleted before doing a fresh install of Windows 7. It's something I should raise with Windows rather than Intel though.

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