If you meet one or more of the following scenarios, run a low-level format on the Intel® Solid State Drive (Intel® SSD):
- Operating system experiences slowness or freezing.
- Before reinstalling an operating system.
- The Intel® SSD Toolbox fails the read or write diagnostics.
- When doing a regular format or partition on the Intel SSD results in an error.
- You suspect any other issues with data integrity.
Here are some free tools you can use to run a low-level format:
|Caution ||Always back up your software before you run a low-level format or secure erase.|
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 scans the whole disk for defects.
A low-level format queries each cell to see if it has been written to, then writes a zero to the cell. This type of format is also known as zeroing the drive, or flushing the drive.
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