(1) The Intel tool box is for Intel SSDs, and even intel's toolbox does not support all Intel's SSD as the G1 is not supported.
(2) Most other brands also have a tool box, or a variation of.
(3) Depending on the operation to be performed, the operation may or may not be allowed under windows. For example with a secure erease can not do if operation is on the boot disk. Some of the toolboxs run under linux (Bootable CD) for performing a firmware update and for secure erease.