Posts Tagged ‘ssd’

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.

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Verify that TRIM is Enabled in Windows 7

Tuesday, September 14th, 2010

Here’s a neat trick that can be used to help an aging computer to act young again …

The TRIM command has been designed to counter the performance drops of Solid State Drives over time. TRIM basically allows the operating system to notify the SSD about data blocks that are no longer in use so that they can be wiped.

Before TRIM, SSDs degraded in performance over time due to the way they handle write operations. Some manufacturers countered this with reset tools, which had to be run regularly to keep the performance at an acceptable level. Finally, some added garbage collection to the controller. This basically meant that the data on the drive would be defragmented, or that the TRIM command would be issued based on the findings of the garbage collection.

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