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Using SSD's as temp storage / working drives

I'm using the latest Samsung 970 pro M2's for booting and love them. Samsung's magician OS transfer software made it so easy for me.

Prices have finally dropped to the point that I now have 3 Samsung 2tb 850 pros in my system. I'm using them exclusively for temp storage of project files / videos / pictures. No boot. Software and programs live on a separate Intel 750 PCIe NVMe SSD. Since data on these 3 is temp I want to clean them off for the next project weekly / monthly / whenever. What's the best procedure to have a empty SSD?

With spinning HD's I normally just quick format them losing all data and ending up with a empty drive.

I see Samsung's Magician offers a data destruction option when disposing of your SSD, is this what I want. I forgot to mention TRIM is on and magician is set to optimize.

So what's the procedure?...……………..Raymond

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Can you clarify?

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Why do data destruction? Sounds like a way to incur a little more wear. I'd just format like you do with HDDs.

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Wait a minute. Back when I was only dreaming of having an SSD boot drive, but could not afford one, I remember reading that due to the way an SSD arranges data (wear or TRIM) don't let windows scan disk it or defragment it or I thought format it. SSD's have their own system for longer life and just leave it alone. All these SSD's have the latest V-NAND controller.

I only mentioned the data destruction because it's an option with magician.

I like formatting. Makes me feel like I'm starting with a "clean" drive. I guess I'll just format in the future...…………..Raymond

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I agree

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With the defrag but scanning is just reading which doesn't involve any erase or writing. Scandisk has been gone for years. Maybe you are thinking of the scan feature of chkdsk?

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Just clarifying..............

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OK, scans disk for data errors. Fine. Was not aware the name had changed, luckily you corrected me otherwise I'm sure no one would know what I was talking about.

What I'm referring to and am probably needlessly concerned about is the wear leveling feature of SSD's. Since I'm assuming they have a limited life span. Only so many reads and writes are available. As I understand instead of using only the same sectors for data each time, it spreads the use around for even wear across the whole SSD. This is exactly what I'm doing. I put small amounts of data on the SSD, then erase it and do it again. Every time it writes new stuff it does it on a different part of the SSD to promote even wear. At least that's my understanding of how it works.

I'll stick with my tried and true formatting procedure for the moment and thank you for all your help and information...…………………...Raymond

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