Solid state drives (SSD) are now more commonly used compared to their counterparts, HDDs, because of their capacity and affordability, plus ease of use.
If your SSD started out with blazing speeds, but now it simply just drags along, there are tools you can use to whip it back into shape, by optimizing it. You just need to find the genuine tools, and steer clear of snake-oil types that can damage your SSD.
These SSD management software are classified based on their functions such as analysis, toolkits, and benchmarking, as these will help you manage and maintain your SSD for longer and at optimal speeds.
With SSD analysis software, you can determine its model, condition and version of firmware, while toolkits and benchmarking software optimize and determine its performance, respectively.
The best SSD management software thus will help the drive function better in terms of reducing writes, updating the firmware and ensuring it is properly optimized, because a SSD speeds up everything pertaining to disk access including boot times, app launches, and much more.
Here are the best SSD management software you can use to keep your drive in excellent shape.
This software is good for decluttering and managing your computer resources including your hard disks (HDD, SSD). It helps you keep your drives free of unnecessary temporary files, free up disk space on your SSDs, plus it picks after apps like Microsoft Office and comes with a cleaner for your registry plus an uninstaller. It also uninstalls software and manages your startup items.Editor's recommendation
SSD Boost Manager
SSDs, as stated, are great because of their blazing fast speeds, but most of these drives lack in terms of disk space, and those that do have space are pretty pricey. SSD Boost Manager is an SSD management software that is free to use and helps you by copying programs to a different hard drive and linking the two.
In this way, you can move programs rarely used to a smaller hard drive, and preserve space for the apps used regularly.
With just one click, you can move files from your slow HDD to your fast SSD and your OS will still think the game is on your HDD, plus you don’t need to reinstall.
However, it comes in French as the default language, but you can change to English.
This SSD management software lets you modify system settings that affect your SSDs performance, from a single console, which actually saves you a lot of time if you aren’t accustomed to Windows.
Another benefit is its auto-tweak function that lets you tweak common settings all at once. Other options include an Indexing service, disabling boot tracing and TRIM optimization. It has a free version for which you can access the basic features, but you can upgrade to the paid version which comes with the TRIM control options.
This tool streamlines your optimization process with one click, and most of these improvements provide a marginal reduction in the total number of writes, but it is the easiest to use for optimization of your drives.
This is a light and simple SSD management software that displays how much data has been written or read throughout your drive’s lifetime.
You can also find information on the disk space, and an estimate of the drive’s health plus how much time is left for it to continue operating in the same conditions.
It may not change settings or tweak your system, but gives you insight into how your SSD works. Furthermore, it is good for when you purchase a used SSD, so you can use it to perform speed and health checks, in turn saving you money and stress.
This SSD management software helps keep your drive at its peak in terms of performance. it offers a simple user interface, an easy to use wizard to modify system settings, quick optimization, disk cleanup, and suggests settings.
It is a specialized product designed for SSDs to optimize Windows for the use of such drives so as to get the most out of the drives. Several aspects of an operating system can be optimized for better performance.
This tool doesn’t need knowledge on hidden OS secrets related to SSD performance, but its intuitive wizard indicates the best settings for your system, making it easy to use even for the regular user. It suggests the best settings, then enable them with few mouse clicks, restart your system and you’re all set.
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This SSD management software updates your system’s firmware, and flashes only secondary drives. It is a complementary software to help you maintain, monitor and tune your SSD.
Features include a dashboard for real-time overview of the system status, capacity, interface and health updates among other info. It also gives maintenance updates, checks your SSD life, plus the SSD Tuner lets you fine-tune your drive for long term performance.
Other features include the OS tuner, which lets you tune how your OS interacts with your SSD and you can choose from either of three modes: reliability/performance/capacity or customize the settings by yourself.
It also has Support if you need help to figure out settings or troubleshooting, DAS control, Namespace Management to configure namespaces and manage partitions.
This SSD management software is a GUI based tool for managing OCZ SSDs.
This solid toolkit provides firmware updates, drive health analysis, optimization and over provisioning to extend your SSD’s life. It is designed to work with all Samsung SSD products, but not compatible with other manufacturers’ SSDs.
If you have the Samsung 470, 750, 830, 840, 850, 860, 950, and 960 series, you can use the Samsung SSD Magician.
Intel Solid State Drive Toolbox
This SSD management software is one of the easiest to use for optimizing your drives, and also has the most frequent updates. It has the ability to run garbage collection on the drive, which you can schedule or automate.
It also lets you do the following tasks:
- View current drive information for Intel Solid State Drives, including Model number, firmware version, Drive health, estimated drive life remaining, identify device information, and more
- Optimize Intel SSD performance using Trim functionality
- Obtain proactive notifications of new Intel SSD Toolbox software versions for Windows 7, Windows 8, Windows 8.1 and Windows 10 systems
- Run quick, full diagnostic scans to test read and write functionality
- Adapt system settings for optimal performance and power efficiency
- View system information and hardware configuration, such as central processing unit (CPU), chipset, controller name, and driver versions
Keep in mind that if your system has password protection enabled, the Intel SSD may reject any requests from the host to update the firmware. The best solution is to simply turn off password protections and only then update the firmware.
CrystalDiskMark and CrystalDiskInfo
These SSD management software are used to analyze your SSD and tell you more about the drive, with insights as to the number of writes already absorbed, time left before it fails and the firmware number, plus whether it needs a firmware update.
CrystalDiskInfo tells you about the drive’s life expectancy from its SMART sensors, while CrystalDiskMark benchmarks SSD drives to determine their speed. Using CDM can expedite your SSD’s failure as it writes a lot of information to HDDs.
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Editor’s Note: This post was originally published in April 2018 and has been since updated for freshness, and accuracy.