Is it possible to check the "usage" on an Intel SSD?

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Is it possible to check the "usage" on an Intel SSD?

Post by Lucien » Sun Apr 10, 2011 12:23 am

A guy in my area is selling an "unused" OEM Intel SSD, which I'm thinking of picking up. Thing is, being second hand, is there any way of actually checking if the drive is new? I remember hearing something about usuage stats being displayable in the Intel toolkit.

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Re: Is it possible to check the "usage" on an Intel SSD?

Post by CTT » Sun Apr 10, 2011 1:50 am

Yes, it's possible to check the amount of written data. Have a look at the Host Writes attribute in Intel's SSD Toolbox (Check SMART Attributes menu).
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Re: Is it possible to check the "usage" on an Intel SSD?

Post by Erelyes » Sun Apr 10, 2011 2:30 am

There is also a program called http://ssd-life.com/ that does much the same.

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Re: Is it possible to check the "usage" on an Intel SSD?

Post by ces » Sun Apr 10, 2011 3:05 am

CTT wrote:Have a look at the Host Writes attribute in Intel's SSD Toolbox
Does the Toolbox run as a normal application that you launch after Windows is up and running?

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Re: Is it possible to check the "usage" on an Intel SSD?

Post by Lucien » Sun Apr 10, 2011 8:52 am

Cheers all!
CTT wrote:Yes, it's possible to check the amount of written data. Have a look at the Host Writes attribute in Intel's SSD Toolbox (Check SMART Attributes menu).
So in that screenshot, there's actually been 5.37 TB of data written? I was just reading the SSD Toolbox user guide, and it says:
This attribute reports the total number of sectors written by the host system. The raw value is increased by 1 for every 65,536 sectors written by the host. Use the Raw value for this attribute.
I'd have thought it's be easier just to say that the raw value tells you how much data's been written...

Turns out the drive isn't the 2.5" X25-M, but the 1.8" X18-M. I've been searching for reviews, but haven't found any. Does anyone know if the performance specs are the same for both G2 drives?

And was reminded to check whether my system is compatible with it as well - does it matter if I'm using a ICH9R southbridge in terms of TRIM support? My current understanding is that I just need a drive that supports TRIM, Win7, and the Intel chipset drivers.

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Re: Is it possible to check the "usage" on an Intel SSD?

Post by CTT » Mon Apr 11, 2011 1:18 am

ces wrote:
CTT wrote:Have a look at the Host Writes attribute in Intel's SSD Toolbox
Does the Toolbox run as a normal application that you launch after Windows is up and running?
Yes.

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Re: Is it possible to check the "usage" on an Intel SSD?

Post by Eunos » Mon Apr 11, 2011 6:43 am

The X18-M is supposed to have the same performance specs, but uses a non-standard SATA connector type as is the norm for 1.8" drives.

I expect there will be a lot of cheap secondhand X25-Ms on the market starting about now.

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Re: Is it possible to check the "usage" on an Intel SSD?

Post by koitsu » Tue May 31, 2011 11:39 pm

Be aware certain SMART attributes on the Intel X25 series, X18 series, 320 series, and 510 series SSDs are clearable via a vendor-specific SMART test command (command 0x40). They reset to value 0x00000000ffff (65535), then after approximately 30-60 seconds, start incrementing again from zero.

You can also accomplish the same by initiating a firmware upgrade or re-flash.

So unless the previous owner knows how to do the above, you can rely on the attributes. Otherwise, don't rely on them at all.

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Re: Is it possible to check the "usage" on an Intel SSD?

Post by CTT » Sun Jun 05, 2011 6:57 am

What would that SMART attributes be?
I updated the firmware on my X25-M twice and I didn't see any of the SMART values I was checking (media wearout, host writes, power-on hours) being reset.

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