One of the largest distinguishing factors between a number of the large SSD manufacturers and the enthusiast product providers has been a SSD software package. When purchasing an Intel, Samsung or even OCZ SSD, one of the perks has been a collection of software tools built-into a single interface. Most "toolboxes" display status information from SMART attributes, allow for on-the-fly firmware updates with the firmware downloading through the toolbox and the ability to secure erase the SSD without the hassle of making a Parted Magic boot disk. SSD toolboxes are great for a number of purposes and your SSD either has one, or it doesn't.
After years in the SSD business, Corsair decided it was time to have their very own toolbox. Corsair just made two announcements. The first was the availability of a new hardware based HDD / SSD drive cloning kit. The second announcement was for the new Corsair SSD Toolbox.
The Corsair SSD Toolbox software helps Corsair SSD owners to install, configure, optimize and monitor the health of their drives. The Windows compatible software is available as a free download from the Downloads tab of SSD product pages on the Corsair website.
The Corsair SSD Toolbox features:
Drive Information - Displays model, size, firmware, serial number, and other key drive data. Also updates SSD firmware.
Over-provisioning - Allows allocation of SSD space to enhance endurance and performance.
SMART Status - Displays Self-Monitoring, Analysis and Reporting Technology status of drives.
Secure Wipe - Securely erases data from drives.
Optimize - Allows scheduling of TRIM command to optimize SSD performance.
Clone - Copies entire contents of one drive to another (coming in a future update).