1 Reply Latest reply on Mar 17, 2014 11:46 AM by joe_intel

    Garbage collection on a deleted partition

    rustleg

      I have a 530 series SSD. I deleted a NTFS partition then realised that the space taken by files on it would still probably be treated as valid data by the SSD. At present it is free space as far as the OS is concerned. How can I release all the "dirty" blocks which were created when it was used as a partition?

       

      I had thought of creating a new empty partition in the same location (i.e. the same logical address in the MBR as the old partition) and then using the Intel toolbox to "optimise it". Would this clean the old used blocks?

       

      I suppose the only other way I can think of is to image the existing valid partitions, do a "secure erase" then restore those partitions. However this is a lot of work and time.