Posts Tagged ‘solid state drive’

How to Measure Actual Hard Drive Usage on Windows

Friday, December 5th, 2014

This is an interesting (and useful) trick for folks who run PCs with solid state drives.

If you are using a computer with a Solid State Drive you may have wondered how long it will last. Solid State Drives, unlike regular platter-based hard drives, have limited write capabilities. While most modern drives are good for 600 TB of writes or more, it still does not provide you with information about how much that is in terms of time. One year, ten years, more?


Move Windows to a New Samsung SSD

Tuesday, August 6th, 2013

If you’ve been considering making the transition to a solid state drive, but are put off by the idea of reinstalling Windows on a new drive, there’s a program to help you around that problem …

I have been running a Solid State Drive (SSD) as my primary hard drive for the last couple of years. My first experience with first generation SSDs was not really that good, as I had to endure performance drops after some time of usage.


Encrypt and Erase to Delete Data Reliable on SSDs

Thursday, September 13th, 2012

If you use solid state drives, here’s a security tip that’s worth consideration …

The security of data on Solid State Drives (SSDs) is not only important for government agencies and enterprises, but also for end users. Even if you do not plan on selling or giving away the hard drive or computer at all, you may encounter situations where someone else gets access to the PC. Maybe it is stolen by a thief, taken from you by a police raid, or someone in your organization or home starts to look at the data it contains more closely.


Solid State Drives and Encryption – A No-Go?

Wednesday, February 23rd, 2011

The speed and silence of solid state drives are definitely attractive, but it looks like the hardware manufacturers still have a few bugs to work out …

Modern Solid State Drives are faster than their platter-driven brethren. They do have additional advantages like being completely silent when operating and better shock proof. The disadvantages are the high price per Gigabyte of storage space and unreliability when it comes to erasing or deleting data from the storage media. Especially the latter point can have severe security implications.


Samsung SSD Magician Tool

Monday, February 7th, 2011

If you’ve got a solid state drive, you might find this one useful …

Solid State Drives (SSD) are faster, silent, more expensive and sometimes more complicated to maintain than conventional platter based hard drives. Especially the maintenance of the drive is a factor that may keep users away from purchasing a drive, or frustrated if they find out that their SSD does not support TRIM or garbage collection. Why is that bad? Because it means that the performance of the drive will drop over time.


Intel Solid-State Drive Toolbox 2 – Now with System Optimizer and Secure Erase

Thursday, January 27th, 2011

If you’re thinking of switching over to a solid state drive, you might want to think about picking this up too …

Solid State Drives (SSD) are different from conventional platter based hard drives in several key aspects. The drives do not need to be defragmented for instance. The operating system needs to be configured slightly different as well if the SSD is used as the primary hard drive.


Make Sure Your SSD is Connected Correctly

Tuesday, January 11th, 2011

Here’s a program that allows you to check the efficiency of your SSD …

One of the main advantages of Solid State Drives (SSD) is their speed compared to conventional platter-based hard drives. They should in theory speed up reading and writing processes on the operating system. Sometimes however SSD seem to run at a slower than advertised speed with users reporting all kinds of problems associated like freezes or hangs on the PC.


Intel Data Migration Software

Tuesday, October 12th, 2010

If you’re interested in experimenting with the new solid state drives, here’s a migration tool for Intel …

I have reviewed the data migration software Paragon Migrate OS To SSD just a few days ago. The software allows a user to migrate from one hard drive to a solid state drive even if the storage space of the SSD is less than the storage space on the source hard drive. It is still available for free, but will likely turn commercial once it leaves beta.

Now Intel has published a software to migrate data from a hard drive to Intel solid state drives as well. The Intel Data Migration Software was developed by Acronis for Intel, to offer Intel SSD owners an option to migrate from their old hard drive to the new Intel solid state drive.


Paragon Migrate OS to SSD (Early Adopter)

Friday, October 8th, 2010

If you’re anxious to check out those new solid state drives, here’s a program that might be helpful …

Solid State Drives are becoming increasingly popular, with prices slowly dropping and capacities increasing. It will take another few years before these new storage devices will replace conventional hard drives on most computer systems.

Still, some early adopters cannot resist the temptation and buy SSDs, despite their price tag and relatively low storage capacities. Sometimes, users buy a SSD for their old system, with the intention to replace the current hard drive the system is installed on.


Intel Solid State Drive Toolbox 2 Released

Tuesday, September 14th, 2010

Sounds like this includes just about every tool that one would need to manage, configure and maintain a solid state hard drive.

Intel’s Solid-State Drive Toolbox is an SSD management tool for the Windows operating system. The program can be used to run diagnostic scans on the solid state drive, view drive information or run the included management tools.

Only the Intel SSD Optimizer was included as a management tool in previous versions of the toolbox (see Intel Solid State Drive (SSD) Toolbox for a full review). The latest release however has seen two additions that add to the value of the free software program.