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Samsung 850 EVO 500GB SATA III M.2 SSD Review (Page 4)

By Jon Coulter from May 21, 2015 @ 9:15 CDT
TweakTown Rating: 98%Manufacturer: Samsung

Samsung Magician 4.6

Samsung's Magician drive management toolbox is feature rich and provides tools that compliment SSD ownership.

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The Disk Drive tab lists drive information, system information, and allows you to run a quick performance test. We ran the quick benchmark with RAPID Mode enabled, so what you are seeing is basically the performance of our system's DRAM. The performance optimization tab allows you to TRIM your Samsung SSD. This feature is only for OS's prior to Windows 8. Windows 8 and above provide automatic TRIM optimization.

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The Firmware Update tab allows you to easily update your Samsung SSD's firmware. Ours is up to date.

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The OS Optimization tab allows you to easily optimize your system for SSD's. You can choose from Maximum Performance, Maximum Capacity, Maximum Reliability and Advanced.

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The Over Provisioning tab allows you to create unallocated space that the drive will utilize for internal maintenance. Over-provisioning your SSD will provide greater flash endurance, and higher sustained performance.

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The Secure Erase tab allows you to sanitize your Samsung SSD which will reset the drives flash to an empty FOB state. A Secure Erase (SE) can be executed by Magician on OS's prior to Windows 8. For Windows 8 and above, you will need to create either a bootable USB drive or a bootable CD/DVD to perform a Secure Erase.

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The RAPID Mode tab is where you can enable Samsung's caching software. You must be in AHCI mode to enable RAPID.

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The Data Security tab is where you can encrypt your 850 EVO.

Samsung Data Migration Software

Samsung's Data Migration Tool will clone your current drive to a Samsung SSD. The software is available via a free download.

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After installing the software and opening it, we clicked on the start button to begin cloning our OS drive (Source Disk) to our 850 EVO M.2. You can add data partitions to the clone if you wish.

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Hit the start button to begin cloning.

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Cloning Complete.

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With the drive cloned, we booted to our 850 EVO M.2. The software reassigned a drive letter and name to our data partition, so we changed the partition name and drive letter to reassociate our programs.

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