Kingston first released the Kingston Toolbox when the company updated SandForce firmware that fixed the TRIM issue we found. The software released to the public in August 2012 and has been updated a few times since then, but the software looks the same as it did in 2012.
The first thing you will notice is the Kingston Toolbox looks almost identical to OCZ's early software that was released with OCZ's Vertex 2 Series of products. OCZ has moved away from SandForce controllers for many product lines since then, but Kingston still uses SandForce controllers in the company's flagship products.
The initial screen shows the Kingston SSDs installed in the system and their role, primary or secondary drive. The software lists the SSD model name, capacity, serial number, firmware version, WWN and finally the drive life remaining.
The tools tab allows us to update the drive firmware with just a couple of clicks.
The drive details tab shows us the power on hours, power cycle count, and lifetime writes from host and lifetime reads from host. We also have two additional tabs that show identify data and SMART data.
The identify device data screen.
And finally, here's the SMART data screen.
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