10-21-2013 12:35 PM
Godd day everyone. Forgive me for my ignorance. I had an M4 128GB SSD installed and working well on my old PC. That PC has since become inoperable. What do I have to do to install the M4 into my new 64bit Win 7 PC?
Again, forgive me for my question if it has already been asked/solved by others. I am a 100% disabled Vietnam veteran with an injury that makes it difficult for me to follow complicated directions.
Anyone have the time to help me get this going.
Thank you in advance. Really, thank you!
10-21-2013 04:48 PM
There's no reason to apologize We are here to try and answer any questions we can. We have a few videos on Youtube that has the basic instructions for installing an SSD into your computer. The video can be found here and here . Please let us know if you have any other questions about the installation process after you watch these videos. Good luck with the installation!
10-23-2013 11:14 AM
Thank you for your quick reply. I did look over the videos and they will be very helpful when I REALLY know I'm ready to install it on my new Win7 64bit machine.
My probelm right now is this: I already have data, OS, applications etc. on this M4 128 from my old PC which is no longer useable. I need to know what I have to do to strip/erase/clean the SSD before cloning it from my new PC's hard drive.
I hope my question makes sense and doesn't involve too much time on your part to help me out.
I appreciate your help!
10-23-2013 12:00 PM
Hi Jesus Chrysler,
There are a couple effective methods for 'wiping' the contents of an SSD. Please note, doing this will delete any operating system data, user data, as well as the partitions currently on the drive. Information stored in the controller remains unaffected, such as the firmware, SMART data, and the Bad Block Maps.
At this time, we have no explicitly recommended programs guaranteed to overwrite the data in this way, as they are all provided by 3rd parties and vary in both cost and compatibility. But here are the good news: You don't need a special progam. Both Windows and OSX have tools that can accomplish this for you since the easiest way to securely erase all the data is to delete any existing partitions on the drive. As long as the SSD is not being used as the boot drive, you can do this in Windows using the Disk Management utility, and in OSX in the Disk Utility.
Follow these steps to delete partitions in Windows:
- Ensure the SSD is connected and is not the boot drive
- Right click Computer and select Manage
- Under Storage, select Disk Management. A list of the connected drives will appear
- In the lower right hand pane, find the drive you want to erase
- Right click on each partition and select Delete Volume.
Once you've followed these steps, you will need to let the drive sit idle for an extended period, ideally at least overnight. This will allow an in-built function called Garbage Collection to clean all the cells and effectively prepare the drive for re-use. Avoiding this step could result in poor performance when re-using the SSD.
Please let me know if there are any questions that come up as you get ready to erase your drive.