Three Ways To Run Low-Level Format Using Intel® Software Tools

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10/11/2017

Option 1: Intel® Solid State Drive Toolbox (Intel® SSD Toolbox)—Run Secure Erase
Note Windows® 10 and Windows 8*/8.1* blocks Secure Erase functionality.
  1. Delete all partitions on the Intel® SSD that you want erased.
  2. Download and install Intel® Solid State Drive Toolbox on another hard drive.
  3. Plug into a SATA/eSATA port to install the faulty SSD as secondary drive.
  4. Open Intel® SSD Toolbox. Click Secure Erase.

    Intel® SSD Toolbox screenshot with Secure Erase button

  5. Click Erase.

    Intel® SSD Toolbox screenshot with Erase button

Note If a Secure Frozen Warning message displays:
  1. Power-cycle the SSD.
  2. Remove the SATA power cable from the SSD, and quickly reconnect it while the Intel® SSD Toolbox is running.
  3. Depending on your system configuration, you might have to physically remove the SSD from the system.
  4. Unplug and plug in the SSD. Click OK.

 

Option 2: Intel® Data Migration Software (IDMS)- Acronis* DriveCleanser

  1. Download and install the Intel® Data Migration Software.
  2. Launch the software.

    Intel® Data Migration Software screenshot

  3. Click Acronis* DriveCleanser.

    Intel® Data Migration Software screenshot with Acronis DriveCleanser

  4. Select the hard disk with data to wipe.

    Intel® Data Migration Software screenshot with drive selection

  5. Click OK to confirm.

    Intel® Data Migration Software screenshot with OK button

  6. Select the hard disk wiping algorithm. See the example for U.S. Standard:
    Intel® Data Migration Software screenshot with algorithm selection

  7. Depending on ypur algorithm, you can select the number of passes from 1, up to 35.
  8. Click Proceed.

    Intel® Data Migration Software screenshot with summary

 

Option 3: Create Bootable Media Intel® Data Migration Software - Acronis* DriveCleanser

  1. Download and install the Intel® Data Migration Software.
  2. Run the software.
  3. Insert a blank CD or USB drive in your system.
  4. Click Create Bootable Rescue Media.

    Intel® Data Migration Software screenshot with Create Bootable Rescue Media button

  5. Click Next to proceed with the wizard.

    Intel® Data Migration Software screenshot with Intel Media Builder

  6. Select the bootable components of the Intel® products to put on the bootable media.

    Intel® Data Migration Software screenshot with Rescue Media Contents Selection

  7. Select the drive you are using to create the bootable media. You can create CD, DVD, USB flash drive or other bootable media, or build an ISO image of a bootable disc.

    Intel® Data Migration Software screenshot with drive selected

  8. The software creates a bootable data migration software in the USB flash drive. Click Proceed and follow the wizard.

    Intel® Data Migration Software screenshot with Intel Media Builder confirmation

  9. After creating bootdisk, change your system's boot priority to boot from the CD-ROM or USB.
  10. On the screen, click Use Intel® Data Migration Software.
 
Note In the Intel® Data Migration Software, find Acronis* DriveCleanser. Use this option to cleanse your SSD. Then follow Option 2 starting from the step where you click Acronis* DriveCleanser.