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Any tips for restoring to SSD?

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Hi,
I'm new to the forum and this is my first post.

Just wondering if there is anyone using a SSD that might give me a heads up about restoring to it.
SSD's have a limited write/erase cycle life, and when that's used up the drive goes into read-only mode.

Has anyone ever restored to an SSD?

Thanks,
Charles

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#1

Sure.

Listen, SSD's have a limited write/erase cycle life, true, but you shouldn't worry about it as a regular user. You will change your computer before your disk wears out.
If you write to the disk intensively, you can secure erase the disk (not with ATI drive cleanser, it needs to be ATA secure erase) to reset it to factore default once or twice a year.

If you write to the disk intensively (let's say intense video capture, etc.), you can consider doing this on another disk.

Restoring the disk from times to times (hopefully) will not make a difference in the SSD life cycle.

What is important is to align your disk. If your disk was aligned before ATI 2011 backed it up, it will be restored aligned. For other cases, you can realign the disk during the next restore.

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#2

Thanks for the reply, Pat!
I am aware of Secure Erase (I use PartEd Magic), and save everything to another disk.
Never had a problem with alignment.

Also, I see the related links in the left sidebar. I'll read those. :-)

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#3

I understand DriveCleanser will securely erase the data on an SSD but does it do the type of secure erase that restores an SSD to it's original performance?

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No its doesn't. The software needs to implement the particular ATA secure erase for the disk. Check this out:
http://www.ocztechnologyforum.com/forum/showthread.php?74093-How-to-use-HDDErase