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Intel updates SSD toolkit

Intel updates SSD toolkit

If you run Windows and own an Intel SSD, you should check out the new Intel SSD Toolkit.

Intel has released the latest version of its Solid State Drive Toolbox, which offers users of Intel-branded SSDs a range of utilities to tweak the performance and monitor the health of their devices.

Version 2.0 of the toolkit brings two new features to the free utility: the System Configuration Tuner and a Secure Erase feature. The latter is pretty self-explanatory, in that you run it and it wipes the drive beyond economic recovery for when you really don't want people looking at your private files, but the first offers some interesting new functionality to the software.

Joining the existing Intel SSD Optimizer [sic] menu entry, which uses TRIM to optimise the performance of the SSD, the System Configuration Tuner goes through your Windows-based system configuration and makes recommended changes in order to ensure maximum performance while keeping power efficiency high and tweaking the endurance of the drive.

It achieves these remarkable goals by fiddling with your Superfetch, pre-fetch, and ReadyBoost settings, so users that have already manually tweaked their systems might want to avoid running the System Configuration Tuner for fear of losing their customisations. The Windows defragmenter is also toggled, and power saving maximised by tweaking Windows' use of the DIPM power saving feature of the SATA standard.

Sadly, the toolkit still comes with a long list of caveats and known issues: the Windows-only tool requires an NTFS-formatted drive and won't work at all if your SSD is FAT32; the optimisation functionality doesn't work on RAID or Dynamic Disk configurations with multiple partitions; and certain notebook and PC models from HP, Acer, and Dell refuse to run the tool outright.

Despite these issues, if your system is supported and you want to get the best possible performance out of your Intel-brand SSD, you should probably download the toolkit.

Are you pleased to see that Intel is continuing to add features to its toolkit, or disappointed that much of the functionality is disabled on RAID configurations? Share your thoughts over in the forums.

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TWeaK 13th September 2010, 12:01 Quote
I wonder how hard it would be to make the Tuner program work for other SSDs? If all it's doing is OS optimisations it shouldn't be too much trouble.

Off topic, has anyone got any advice for configurations to optimise an OCZ Vertex (1st ed)?
V3ctor 13th September 2010, 13:54 Quote
Hope it works on my 160 G2... It wont become any faster because o my ICH8M-E...

EDIT: It's the same performance as before :D

But now I see that I already made 2.81T of writes on the SSD (how??), it only has 9 months...
WildThing 13th September 2010, 13:55 Quote
Cool, I'll be giving this a try tonight.
Gryphon 13th September 2010, 14:22 Quote
*puts the pedantic hat on*
towards end of the second paragraph it should read 'but the first offers some...'

other than that, something like this would be handy for other SSD makes... surely the changes to the system settings would be the same for any SSD?
knuck 13th September 2010, 19:21 Quote
I have had mine for 5 months and didn't even know they made a toolkit for it.

Will try it right away.


[12 seconds later edit]

aaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaand it doesn't work. I click on my SSD and it refreshes again.

LAME
Gareth Halfacree 13th September 2010, 20:02 Quote
Quote:
Originally Posted by Gryphon
*puts the pedantic hat on*
towards end of the second paragraph it should read 'but the first offers some...'
D'oh - branephart. Fixed, cheers.
Ficky Pucker 13th September 2010, 22:08 Quote
i didn't even know this existed :o

"intel recommends running Intel SSD Optimizer once a week"

i used it for the 1st time today.
Ross1 13th September 2010, 22:15 Quote
thanks for the notice..... would have seen it otherwise. Didnt really do anything to my system, apart from advise me to turn super-fetch off. Personally, its something I find helps performance even with a SSD.
Makaveli 13th September 2010, 22:39 Quote
Quote:
Originally Posted by V3ctor
Hope it works on my 160 G2... It wont become any faster because o my ICH8M-E...

EDIT: It's the same performance as before :D

But now I see that I already made 2.81T of writes on the SSD (how??), it only has 9 months...

Did you do any other tweaks to your system? I took the page file off my ssd etc.

I've had my 160GB G2 since Dec 09

so about 8 months

And i'm only at 778GB's in host writes!
V3ctor 14th September 2010, 12:01 Quote
Quote:
Originally Posted by Makaveli

Did you do any other tweaks to your system? I took the page file off my ssd etc.

I've had my 160GB G2 since Dec 09

so about 8 months

And i'm only at 778GB's in host writes!

Never did that... I did it on my Q6600 with the GSkill Falcon and forgot to do it in this SSD on the notebook... big fail...

Now I give lots of credit to HDD's too... That's alot of writes to do. Now with this toolkit It will be ok :)
Taniniver 14th September 2010, 21:18 Quote
Same for me Ross1. Also, predictably, the stuff about doing a TRIM on the drive says I can't run it because my drive is one of the first generation 50nm Intel SSD's, not the second generation 32nm ones.

Cheers Intel. I really like being screwed by no TRIM support for being an early adopter. You are not telling me it's impossible to implement it on this drive, they just don't want to.
robots 15th September 2010, 01:23 Quote
Yay! I'm getting this right now. I use the old one once a week like it recommends. I don't know what it does if anything. Hopefully this one will do it's mysterious tweaking well.
Salty Wagyu 15th September 2010, 01:43 Quote
Thanks for the update, interestingly it wanted to disable prefetch along the already disabled Superfetch which Windows 7 disabled on first install.
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