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TweakTown's Complete SSD Toolbox Software Roundup

By: Chris Ramseyer | Editorials in Storage | Posted: Oct 10, 2014 1:03 pm





ADATA released the company's first SSD Toolbox in January of 2014. The opening screen shows us a drive health and estimated life remaining meter. We can also see how much data is on the drive as well as the total bytes written to the flash and the current temperature of the SSD.




The drive details button pulls up a list of items that you can sort through.




The ADATA SSD Toolbox also has detailed SMART information.




The next tab allows us to run a quick or full diagnostics scan of an ADATA SSD. We can also customize two alarms, one for temperature and one for estimated life remaining.




When Intel and OCZ released the first SSD Toolbox software utilities, secure erase was one of the main features. It's still a primary feature for the software packages, but changes to Windows 8 and beyond have made Windows secure erase a thing of the past. Some of the software we're looking at today leads us to believe a drive is secure erased, but we have yet to find one that actually works in Windows 8, 8.1 or the server variants of Windows 2012.


The ADATA Utilities page also allows us to update the firmware easily with the ADATA SSD Toolbox. You can also check for an update for the Toolbox software here.




With secure erase inside Windows no longer working, the next best method to increase SSD performance is to issue a TRIM command to the drive and let the drive take care of cleanup. The ADATA SSD Toolbox has an easy one click option to trigger that command.


In the system optimization tab, you can also optimize Windows. There are two options available, basic and advanced.






Each method gives a description of what the ADATA SSD Toolbox changes.




In the final tab, we can see information about the host system.

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