In preparation for my Windows 7 installation I wanted to format my new OCZ Vertex SSD drive and run the OCZ Wiper utility. The OCZ Wiper utility essentially "Trims" the drive improving the peformance. This is important for MLC based SSD's apparantly. The problem is that my laptop only has one SATA slot for a harddrive. With the empty Vertex SSD in my laptop how would I be able to boot into something to run wiper? Wiper won't run under DOS. Here's the easiest procedure:
1) Put the OCZ wiper utility on a USB drive.
2) Boot off of your Windows Vista Installation CD.
3) Choose "Repair my computer" It wont' find any disks with WIndows on it most likely if you're drive is blank. Hit "Next."
4) Choose the command prompt option.
5) If you're SSD is already partitioned skip to step 12
6) Type diskpart.exe press enter.
7) Type List Disk. You should see you're disk identified.
8) Type Select Disk x where x is the disk number you identified in step 7.
9) Type Create Partition Primary to create the partition on the disk
10) Type List Volume to get the drive letter
11) Exit diskpart
12) Now you need to format the disk for wiper to run. Type format <drive letter> /FS:NTFS /Q
13) Now you can change drive letters to your USB thumb drive with the OCZ Wiper utility. It should find your SSD and wipe it clean!
This worked great for me, can't wait for my Windows 7 download to finish so I can get it on here.