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Intel Solid State Drive Toolbox 3.5.6

Examine, test and speed up your Intel SSD with this useful toolkit

by Mike Williams

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License: Freeware
Operating Systems: Windows 10, Windows 7 (32 bit), Windows 7 (64 bit), Windows 8
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An Intel SSD with at least 10MB free space

Languages: English
Software Cost: Free
Date Updated: 11 October 2018
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Intel SSD Toolbox
Examine, test and speed up your Intel SSD with this useful toolkit

The Intel Solid-State Drive Toolbox is a collection of utilities to help you manage and optimise Intel Solid-State Drives (SSDs). It currently supports Intel drives in the X-18, X-25, 3xx, 5xx and 7xx ranges. You may need the latest firmware to use the toolbox.

Tools include the SSD Optimizer, which uses various techniques (including the TRIM command) to enhance the performance of Intel's 34nm SSDs (it won't work with 50nm models).

A Drive Information option will tell you more about your particular SSD. Not sure of its model name, perhaps? Or maybe you're wondering which version of firmware it's using? One click and you'll find out here.

A SMART tool displays details about how the drive is being used: power cycles, power on time, media wearout indicator and other data that could alert you to an impending hardware failure.

And if you're already worried about your drive's reliability, then there are two diagnostic scans that could provide useful clues to its health. The Fast Scan takes three minutes and gives you a quick idea, while the Full Diagnostic Scan puts your drive through a complete workout, and delivers the most reliable report.

What's new in 3.5.6 (see release notes for more)?

- Improved SMART E8/E9 implementation
- Improved NAND data refresh algorithms
- Improved SSD recovery flows from unsafe shutdown scenarios
- Optimized firmware policies
- Optimizer incorrectly reporting some drives as being in a RAID configurations.
- Corrected SMART F1h and F2h behavior

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An essential program for everyone with a compatible Intel SSD

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Windows 10 October 2018 Update (build 1809)

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This is the latest version of Windows October 2018 Update. it's a media creation tool that can be used to upgrade an existing installation of Windows or create installation media for another PC. Just make your choice after launching the tool and it'll do the rest.

What was new in Windows 10, when it was released? The OS brought back the Start Menu, though with a Windows 8 twist: live tiles keep you up-to-date with the latest news while also providing an easy way to launch apps. (Don't worry if you prefer the Start Screen, it's still there and you can boot into it if you prefer.)

Apps now work much more like regular desktop programs. They have minimise, maximise, restore and close buttons, and can be resized (to a degree) and organised however you like.

If you've still lost track of a program in the mass of open windows, a new Task Spaces feature can help. Click its taskbar button and you'll see thumbnails for everything running now, a little like OS X's Mission Control - just click something to switch to it.

Better still, Task Spaces also supports virtual desktops. Add extra desktops as required and it'll display thumbnails of each one, making it easy to identify whatever you're after and switch to it.

There's also smarter snapping, new customisation options, and even a bunch of experimental additions to the command prompt.

Fall Creators Update brings a whole host of new features for Windows 10. See the Microsoft Blog for more information.

The Windows 10 ISO here will give you build 1809 which is the October 2018 Update.

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