Is s/e the same as resetting my 520 480 gig to factory
defaults? Also when I try to s/e the boot drive in the toolbox it says that I
can't perform this action on the windows drive. Will formatting the drive from
the win 7 install disk provide the same as s/e? What is the recommended method
of reinstalling win 7, secure erase or just format from the install disk like
an old style HDD?
A secure erase or low level format will completely reset the drive to factory defaults.
Please note it is not possible to secure erase or format the drive while it is the boot drive.
Therefore you can use Diskpart within Windows* to clean and reset your solid state drive.
In order to use this tool, you can open up a command prompt window from the Windows* installer CD, allow it to load the files from the disc, and get to the part where it allows you to choose the drives and partitions after the license agreement.
At this part press Shift-F10 this will load a DOS environment.
Type the following and hit enter after every line: