Intel SSD Toolbox
Intel can lay claim to the first SSD toolbox software, besting OCZ by a few months. The first public release of Intel's SSD Toolbox software came all the way back in May of 2009 and worked initially with Intel's X25-M SSD.
Now in its third major revision, the software still looks a lot like it initial release, only polished a bit. The main page shows us the drive's health and estimated life remaining. You can also see the firmware on the drive, click for additional drive details, and a button at the bottom shows SMART details.
Here you can also see when a feature wants to get your attention. The orange balls with white exclamation marks show up when you should address a section of the software.
The Intel SSD Optimizer runs a TRIM command to the drive. You can also schedule this function with the built-in scheduler agent.
The Intel SSD Toolbox also has a quite test function built-in.
Should your quick test not deliver the results you want, you can also run a long test that takes longer to run, but tests more of the flash area.
Intel's SSD Toolbox also has a secure erase feature, but as you can see, the action is grayed out. There is a note that states it will not work in Windows 8 or Windows Server 2012.
One of the best features about any of the toolbox software is the easy firmware update features. Here we see a drive in the system that needs a firmware update. The software downloads the firmware, installs the firmware, and then asks you to restart the system.
The Intel SSD Toolbox can also optimize your Windows settings with just a few clicks.
The final tab on the left of the software takes us to the System Information screen. Here you can see details about your desktop or notebook.
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