How to reformat my drive to get new drive speeds back?

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Kilobyte Kid

How to reformat my drive to get new drive speeds back?

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C drive is a CT512MX100 and is running a little slow so am wondering how to reformat to get back to new drive speeds? What format tool is recommended for this?

Thanks.

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JEDEC Jedi

Re: How to reformat my drive to get new drive speeds back?

Crucial Storage Executive can factory reset the drive via the 'sanitise' option but it cannot do this to your system drive.  So you'd need to hook the SSD up to another windows install to wipe.

 

Note: you shouldn't *need* to do this to an SSD from a purely performance perspective for the last several years!

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Kilobyte Kid

Re: How to reformat my drive to get new drive speeds back?

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Thanks for the reply.

I am constantly deleting and creating lots and LOTS of files on a daily basis as the head of the graphics department for a large copropation so I believe that this is the cause of my slowness. My drive is only two years old and I am already at 8 TB of transfer data.

JEDEC Jedi

Re: How to reformat my drive to get new drive speeds back?

As long as you have trim working it should cope.

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Re: How to reformat my drive to get new drive speeds back?

Hi ccvor

 

Thank you for your post.  I'm sorry to hear that your system is running slow. 

 

The behaviour you are describing is consistent with deleted cells not being cleaned from your drive. This can result in reduced performance or even complete lack of response from the SSD. 

The good news is that we have a feature built into our SSDs called Active Garbage Collection. This is a type of memory management which frees up sectors that are no longer in use so they can be easily accessed again. Letting Active Garbage Collection run on the drive for an extended period will clean these cells and restore the SSD back to a healthy state.  

 

To do this on your PC you will need to let the SSD idle for 6 to 8 hours. Our Knowledge base article below explains this process further and details the steps to follow:

http://forum.crucial.com/t5/Crucial-SSDs/My-SSD-used-to-be-so-much-faster-What-happened/ta-p/118310

Please let us know if this helps solve the issue and if you have any other questions then do not hesitate to contact us.

 

 

Crucial_Junket, Crucial Moderator, UK


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Kilobyte Kid

Re: How to reformat my drive to get new drive speeds back?

Thanks, I'll boot into BIOS and et it sit for 6-8 hours tonight after work, appreciate the info.