So i just ordered 2 F120 SSD's online, and I saw an article saying that you should zero a SSD before using it. Does anyone know of any software to do this, or is this something that would come with the drive. Im not sure how to preform a low level format.
HDDErase, ASClean, OCZ Toolbox (only for OCZ drives?), Intel Toolbox (only for Intel drives?).
HDDErase is a DOS based utility, so to use it, you need to be able to make a bootable disk: floppy, USB, or CD. This can be a PITA! You can try a utility called the Ultimate Boot CD for Windows, which I think had HDDErase included in it?
Others toolboxes working within Windows, but the drive you want to clean can not be the primary (bootable) drive, so you need a machine already running Windows to use them.
But formatting the drive within Windows install should be plenty, as stated above.
I suspect that what you heard, if it was specific to SSDs, refers to something different.
Any hard drive should be partitioned and formatted before first use. I suspect that what you were reading was referring to a Secure Erase, to ensure that the drive knows that all of its blocks are empty. Tom's does this to an SSD between passes of performance testing.