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TweakTown's Complete SSD Toolbox Software Roundup

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

Samsung Magician

 

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Given Samsung's recent issues with the 840 EVO products, many end users will be downloading Samsung's Magician on October 15 when Samsung releases an update for the series.

 

The initial screen allows users to select the drive to work with, look at the smart data and even check to see if you have a real Samsung SSD. This prevents others from making counterfeit Samsung SSDs.

 

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The SMART data from a Samsung 840 EVO SSD.

 

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Samsung includes a benchmark utility that allows you to test every drive in your system, not just Samsung products.

 

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The Performance Optimization tab allows users to send a TRIM command to Samsung SSDs.

 

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It looks like I have another drive to update firmware on. The Samsung Magician software notifies users when a firmware update is available and allows for easy updates.

 

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Samsung has one of the best OS Optimization options of any SSD tool software. You can select maximum performance, maximum capacity, and maximum reliability or manually select the functions you want to set.

 

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Users can also increase the amount of overprovisioned space on Samsung drives.

 

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Samsung acknowledges that secure erase doesn't work with Windows 8. To get around this issue, you can plug in a USB flash drive or writable optical media, then the Magician software creates bootable media that allows you to run secure erase without Windows media in the way.

 

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Samsung's 840 EVO, Pro and 850 Pro SSDs all support RAPID Mode in Windows 7 and Windows 8. Enabling the software is a two button operation. The first step is to enable the feature, and the second is to restart the system.

 

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Data security is a hot topic these days for business users who want their data to remain secure. The 840, 840 EVO, 840 Pro and 850 Pro support Microsoft's eDrive hardware encryption and you can enable the feature in Magician easily. The 840 EVO, 840 Pro and 850 Pro also support TCG Opal with the correct firmware installed on the drives.

 

Samsung also makes an easy to use data migration tool, but it's not part of the Magician software. Users need to download the unlimited use software that clones data from one drive to a Samsung SSD. The software is very easy to use and performs the task as advertised.

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