Laptop hardware component & upgrades forum: Safely cleaning all data from Intel SSD drive

by: siberian6 April 8, 2013 12:33 PM PDT

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Safely cleaning all data from Intel SSD drive

by siberian6 - 4/8/13 12:33 PM

Hi there,

I just purchased a used Lenovo laptop and would like to clean all the data from the drive; including, the OS. The last time I wanted to do something like this was years ago with a regular disc drive when it was much simpler. The drive is an Intel 320 series SSD.

Can anyone advise me how to whipe the drive completely and safely clean. I mean interms of the process and what tools to use. Using ideally free software?

The Intel's Toolbox is intended to be installed on a windows OS and obviously cannot whipe the drive its on clean. I also read that filling the drive with zeros is not recomended. I'd like to keep to safe methods that don't risk the integrity of the drive.

My second question is regarding security. I would like to make sure the previous owner does not have any software stored on board the computer to hack me or track me or snoop my data in any way. Is there any way I can check for this? It's a fairly new T420 Lenovo and the hardware seems pretty advanced, just seems like a lot of places to store this type of software and I just want the peace of mind that I looked everyone. I have heard of situations like mine that ended in malicious activity.

Thank you in advance!

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