The Intel® SSD Toolbox may incorrectly indicate that the drive health of some of the Intel SSD 520 Series. This is an issue with the Intel SSD Toolbox when identifying SSD's with a serial number beginning with EK and does not indicate a problem with the physical drive.
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Version 3.1.6 of the Intel® SSD Toolbox has been released and is available for download at this location:
This version of the Toolbox fixes the issue of incorrect drive health reports for the Intel® SSD 520.
Please feel free to post a reply to this thread if the new version of the Toolbox does not correct this issue for you.
I just updated to version 3.1.6 of the Intel SSD Toolbox and I am having issues with the health readings from the drive.
Before the update it listed the Total Read/Written at around 620GB for each.
After the update it is listing the Total Read/Written as 4.38 and 4.17TB. Yes, terabytes!
No other issues that I can see right now. Drive is a 180GB 520 Series purchased in December 2012.
The issue of Total LBA's written/read being reported incorrectly in the S.M.A.R.T details has been fixed in version 3.1.8.
You can download 3.1.8 by following these steps:
- Start your current version of the Intel®SSD Toolbox
- Click Firmware Update
- Click the Check for Updates button
Please let us know if you find any issues with this version of the Toolbox.
Three 520s in this PC, none with serial numbers starting with EK. No drive health display issues.
All showed ~3 times the LBAs written in Toolbox 3.16, compared to previous versions. Toolbox 3.18 has the LBAs written values back to normal, IMO.
Manny, the Power on Hours Count data shown in the Toolbox must be processed before it makes sense. It is composed of two data items combined into one field, and is meaningless interpreted as a single number. The datasheet for the 520 describes how this data item is composed and how to translate it into meaningful data.
OTOH, that description did not make sense IMO, and I never was able to apply the operations on my SSD's data, and get a result that made sense. I should try that again. I'm sure Intel would say nothing is wrong with that data item, it looks the same to me as it always has.
Intel SSD Toolbox 3.1.6 is also giving me erroneous SMART readings. I have an Intel 520 240gb drive - which was purchased brand new and has been used for less than a week. All I've done thus far with the drive is clean install windows 8 on it, install some light software, and browse the internet - I haven't done ANYTHING which would result in high writes on the drive.
The Intel tool box is showing host-writes of 539GB - which is way off as it equates to over 120GB written per day!!! Also, the disk power-on hours in the tool-box shows a raw value of 894904 - which i believe is erroneous too.
I've attached a snapshot of Intel tool box reading along side Crystaldiskinfo readings. I suppose the Crytaldiskinfo readings are much more accurate and depict the 'real-world' use of the ssd.
Intel please fix the toolbox - or if I'm mistaken please let me know about it.