Samsung has released Windows Magician-based software for optimal use of its SSDs. In this post we will get to know the different parts of it.
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Samsung Magician Software is a Windows software that provides you with memory management features such as formatting, health monitoring, optimization and performance benchmarking in a beautifully designed user interface.
The sixth and final version of Magician has been visually more beautiful than ever before, and the tools have been refined, and some new features such as troubleshooting have been added, which we will explain further.
This software only supports Samsung memory and no part of it except the Performance Benchmark will be available. Of course, some features are only available for certain models, so if you are looking for a specific feature, use the table below.
Samsung Magician supports both MBR and GPT partitions. You can see the full limitations and considerations of using this software from this link . The following sections only work if the file system is NTFS: SSDs
We begin by introducing various sections with Drive Information. In this tab, you will see a summary of the information about the storage caches connected to the system.
The first thing on this page is a memory health monitor, under which is the amount of write on memory. SSD memory life is directly related to the TBW or the amount of information written on it.
Green means full memory health and yellow means some defective blocks, but memory is health and red means getting ready to swap and back up data.
The temperature display is only available for some models. In this section, general information about the amount of memory left and used along with the benchmark results is displayed.
Clicking on any of the connected caches will bring you into the Drive Details section where, in addition to the capacity, temperature and health status, the user can view the serial number, formatting, activation of AHCI for SATA cache and interface type.
The Performance Benchmark section provides the user with two types of sequential and random file transfer experiments for writing and reading a good overview of memory performance.
Also, storing different experiments in the history of this section allows comparisons of performance across different time intervals and can be identified by performance loss. This benchmark is applicable to all computer-connected memory except flash drives.
The new section Diagnostic Scan with Short Scan and Full Scan examines the status of memory errors. The first one checks the integrity of the information by writing a gigabyte file and comparing it to the original file in about 5 seconds.
The other case also checks the status of memory errors by reading all the blocks’ logical addressing. This test may take a long time. Only four Samsung SSDs support Diagnostic Scan (see table).
SSD makers generally use a feature called Over Provisioning to improve performance and memory life. The controller uses a temporary space provided by Over Provisioning to simplify the overwriting process on a block and find empty space .
It considers part of the nominal memory capacity as mentioned above, which increases both the performance of the device and its lifespan. Samsung’s default is 3% and can be increased to 5%.
In the Over Provisioning section of Samsung’s memory management software, if part of the capacity is allocate to this feature, it is display in light capacity graph. You can also change the percentage of memory allocated through the Custom section, which starts with the SET OP key. If you need dedicated space and you don’t care about it, select the Clear OP key.
In the Performance Optimization section, both RAPID Mode and TRIM are easily accessible. The RAPID mode is only available for some memory (see table) and optimizes I / O processes and improves system performance through specific techniques, analyzing applications and dynamically transmitting data. This process is completely automated.
As you probably know, TRIM technology enables the operating system to notify SSDs of blocks that can be erased. This in addition to improving performance, helps increase memory life.
The Secure Erase tab in the Data Managment section is for those who plan to sell their memory or permanently erase the information on the memory. Of course, the likelihood of data retrieval after this is almost zero. Flash Secure Erase requires Flash.
Note that information on this flash drive will be erase by clicking the Start button. Restart the system after the flash drive has been booted. Before doing so, be sure to select the BIOS section of the flash drive as the primary device and enable AHCI / IDE / ATA mode.
If all the steps are well done, you will see a list of connecting memory. Select your memory and press the Y key. Wait until the end of the process and do not use the system.
The PSID Revert feature also works when your access is disable for some reason by Windows and some applications.
With this feature and entering the 4-digit PSID code write on the memory, it will be possible to use the memory again, but the information in the driver will be erased.
Some users are looking for encryption on them because of the importance of their information. This feature is based on Bitlocker Drive Encryption, which we have seen in some versions of Windows, such as Windows 7 and Windows Server 7.
If this feature is enable on the drive,
it will not be possible to use Secure Erase. The section called Update in this software, in addition to updating Samsung Magician itself, also allows updating the memory form and updating its version.