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Samsung Magician 5.0 SSD software released!

I don’t know, either Samsung actually listened to my complaint on 19th November or it’s all just a pure coincidence 🙂 Because here it is, a major overhaul of the Samsung Magician software. This time in version 5.0 which comes with fixed SATA and AHCI detection as well as entirely new interface (which looks absolutely amazing I have to add) and new tray icon.

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New Samsung Magician 5.0 interface

This has to be by far the best interface design I’ve seen in years. It’s super minimalistic, looks really nice and is very responsive. And as you can see, very informative as well. But not too cluttered. Asian companies used to be famous for their botched interface designs, but this thing, this defies old stereotypes and puts many western designs to shame. Really nice job Samsung!

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Download latest Samsung Magician

Download Samsung Magician 5.0 (Mirror)

Getting rid of mechanical disk altogether

Some probably remember my post from few months ago when I bought my new high end PC. I basically replaced everything except one thing that I just transplanted from the old one. The HDD. I’ve been using HDD+SSD hybrid array for quite some time, and even though performance was incredibly higher for fraction of a SSD price, the system had several smaller flaws that were getting on my nerves a bit. So, one day I just said, enough.

You may also remember some whiners who just couldn’t accept the fact I was still using HDD (with SSD) combo. Well, this should shut them up…

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Notice the capacity in the top right corner? Yeah, that 🙂 And no, this isn’t April Fools 😛

From now on, only thing spinning in my system will be cooling fans. Now I’m off to re-install the whole thing clean.

HDD/SSD health monitoring (S.M.A.R.T.)

These days we all have gigabytes and some even terabytes of data. And we all trust these massive numbers of data to mechanical spinning plates and heads that read and write from/to them. And in general this works well. Sometimes for years without any problems. But sometimes things go bad as well. The drive fails and we can lose years of memories in form of photos and videos, lots of work we’ve done through all these years or just the stuff we collected through out the time.

Data backup is probably the most reliable method, but we all know this requires extra space and time to do it. At least I’m too lazy to do it. Instead, I prefer to rely on S.M.A.R.T. monitoring. It’s a very cheap method that simply works in pretty much all cases. SMART system is monitoring vital signs of hard drives and report them back to the user. It’s a raw data, but some programs can translate that into useful, graphically represented data. When such program warns you about potential disk failure, it’s a good time to transfer all the data to some other medium, be it DVD’s or external hard drive. Or just install new internal drive and copy everything down. Remember, copy, not move. Because if anything goes wrong during the process, you still have the original data you can work with. Even if only partially working.

Now I’ll list some programs that I prefer and recommend for the given task…

Acronis – Acronis Drive Monitor
Freeware
Very good interface, easy to use, and has additional features like Event Viewer log monitoring for possible disk errors and other critical events related to disk. Highly recommended.
http://www.acronis.com/homecomputing/products/drive-monitor/

BinarySense – HDDlife Pro
15 days trial, works as freeware after expiration.
Nicely designed and pretty accurate program. Easy to use and easy to read reported status.
Highly recommended, but with certain limitations.
http://www.hddlife.com

http://ssd-life.com

LSoft Technologies – Active@ Hard Disk Monitor
Freeware with limitations.
Also very good program that is easy to use and read. Interface is not as nice as HDDlife’s , but it offers more detailed info by default and offers slightly more non limited tweaks.
http://www.disk-monitor.com

CrystalDiskInfo
Freeware.
Similar to Active@ Hard Disk monitor with slightly different layout and additional features. Easy to use in general and offers few additional features like AAM control.
http://crystalmark.info/software/CrystalDiskInfo/index-e.html

PassMark – DiskCheckup
Freeware.
Not as nice to look at and it’s info is harder to interpret, but it works and still offers fairly good SMART reading.
http://www.passmark.com/products/diskcheckup.htm

Install one of these programs and keep them running next to the clock. They will periodically check SMART status and report if anything goes bad. If they ever do, take every warning seriously.
It’s better to be safe than sorry. Besides, I don’t ever remember any such program to report false problems.

Force SSD to TRIM free space

If you have a SSD drive and you want to force it to TRIM the empty space (for whatever reason), here is a small utility that will do just that. It uses a tiny trick that triggers TRIM which then does its magic. I didn’t write this app and i don’t know who did, i’m just mirroring it on my server…

ForceTrim download: