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Free Tools to Diagnose SSD

SSDs are more and more hot in storage market and replacing the role of regular hard disks in laptops and high-end desktops. All HYSTOU mini pcs using SSD for OS, regular HDD is just and addon storage for those fanless mini computers. Solid State Devices are offering high performance compared to traditional spinning hard disks.


This flash-based memory device is consuming less battery power to read and write data with relatively high-speed that guarantee more battery life for your laptops. The SSD based system will boot in seconds and make your system ready to start work.

SSDs are offering high performance, high-speed and less power consumption. But we need to diagnose the SSD and confirm we pay the right cost for the purchased SSD.

Here is the list of best Windows and Mac Free Tools to Check SSD Health and Monitor Performance.

Crystal Disk Mark (Windows)

If you need a real benchmarking tool to test your hard disk, Crystal Disk Mark is the right tool. This tool can test your Hard Disk in Sequential Reads/Writes, Random Reads/Writes and QD32 Modes.

If you want to compare with multiple disks based on their read-write performance, this is the ideal free tool.


Smartmonotools (Windows | MAC | Linux | Live CD)

The Smartmontools package contains two utility programs (smartctl and smartd) to control and monitor your hard disk. This tool is offering the real-time monitoring of your Hard Disk, Analyze and warn you about potential disk degradation and failure.


Smartmontools supports ATA/ATAPI/SATA-3 to -8 disks and SCSI disks and tape devices. It can run on Mac OS X, Linux, FreeBSD, NetBSD, OpenBSD, Solaris, OS/2, Cygwin, QNX, eComStation, Windows and runs from a Live CD.

Samsung Magician (Windows)

Samsung Magician software features simple, graphical indicators show SSD health status and Total Bytes Written (TBW) at a glance. You can decide SATA and AHCI compatibility and status. The updated Benchmarking feature lets users test and SSDs to compare the performance and speed.


This tool can use to optimize your Samsung SSD with three different profiles like Maximum Performance, Maximum Capacity and Maximum Reliability along with detailed descriptions of each OS setting.

Intel Solid-State Drive Toolbox (Windows | MAC | Linux)

The Intel Solid-State Drive Toolbox is drive management software that allows you to monitor your drive health, estimated drive life remaining and S.M.A.R.T. Attributes. It can run quick and full diagnostic scans to test the read and write functionality of an Intel SSD.


This tool can optimize the performance of an Intel SSD using Trim functionality and update the firmware on a supported Intel SSD.

You can check and tune your system settings for optimal Intel SSD performance, power efficiency, and endurance. This tool supports a Secure Erase of your secondary Intel SSDs. If you are looking for a new SSD, here is a couple of SSDs from Amazon that seems like best sellers.

Toshiba SSD Utility (Windows | MAC | Linux)

SSD Utility is for Toshiba Drives, a Graphical User Interface (GUI) based tool for managing OCZ SSDs. The dashboard provides a real-time overview of system status, capacity, interface, health, etc. You can perform the health monitoring of Toshiba SSDs, check on how much life is left in your SSD, find out if your SSD is hooked up to the suitable ports, and set in the correct modes to achieve high performance.

SSD Life (Windows)

SSD Life is a dedicated tool for Solid State Drives. This tool can measure your SSD’s lifespan and you can back up your data before your SSD take its last breath.


This is the best tool to install on your computer and monitor your SSD’s health in real-time to inform you about any critical defects.

SsdReady (Windows)

Do you ever wonder how long your SSD is going to last? This is a tool you must have to install on your computer and let it run in the background.


This tool track daily Writes and the total usage of your SSD on a daily basis. It can predict how long your SSD going to live and you will get a time span to shop for next SSD.


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