When to run a low-level format on an Intel® Solid-State Drive?
If one or more of the following scenarios are met, then a low-level format should be run on an SSD:
- Operating system experiences slowness or freezing
- Before reinstalling an operating system
- If the Intel® SSD Toolbox fails the read or write diagnostics
- If performing a regular format or partition on the SSD results in an error
- If any other data integrity issue is suspected
- Secure erase included in the Intel® SSD Toolbox (this option will only work on a non-bootable secondary SSD)
- There are several free tools which can be used to run a low-level format:
NOTE: Always back-up your software before running secure erase or a low level format.
||A quick format done through Windows* sets up an empty file system on the disk and installs a boot sector; the full format in Windows does the same as a quick format and will scan the entire disk for defects. A low-level format, on the other hand, queries each cell if it has been written to and then will write a zero to this cell. This may also be referred to as 'zeroing' the drive or 'flushing' the drive.|
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