Community
cancel
Showing results for 
Search instead for 
Did you mean: 
idata
Community Manager
4,965 Views

New SSD toolbox released

Intel has released a new rev of it's SSD toolbox / trim optimizer, ver 1.3. Here's the link to the options page:

http://downloadcenter.intel.com/Detail_Desc.aspx?agr=Y&DwnldID=18455 http://downloadcenter.intel.com/Detail_Desc.aspx?agr=Y&DwnldID=18455

Enjoy.

Tex.

Tags (2)
0 Kudos
23 Replies
idata
Community Manager
147 Views

Many thanks. I will try today.

idata
Community Manager
147 Views

No worky. The optimizer says it can't run on RAID volumes. I have no RAID, no compression, no encryption, no shadow data. Just a single 80 GB Postville on an ICHR10 controller. Running XP PRO EN SP3 with bare (Windows-installed) drivers. I reinstalled the previous version and it worked again. Congrats Intel. You've done it again. I'm glad your core business is chips and not software.

idata
Community Manager
147 Views

I have TWO X25-M 80 GB SSD's - the optimizer will work on one - not the other. Gives the 'cannot run on raid' to me on the one drive. Using AMD 850 southbridge in AHCI - I have tried all of the ports for the drive that won't run the optimizer - no luck, wheras the one that works can do so on any port. Only workaround is once a week have to change back to IDE mode in the bios - run optimizer - then back to AHCI. This is in windows 7 64 bit by the way. Not certain that trim is working under these circumstances for the one drive either.

RGiff
Honored Contributor I
147 Views

To tell if TRIM is working ,You have to go in comand prompt , type fsutil behavior query disabledeletenotify. ( if it shows 1, means it's off ) (if it shows 0, means it's on ) So you are looking for it to show ( 0 ) than you know the TRIM is working .

idata
Community Manager
147 Views

"To tell if Trim is working.." with what? The windows driver or the intel or both?

I just loaded the utlility on my ASUS box with a 160 gig drive that has not ever had the trim util ran and it only took a split second for me as well. I ran the command you posted and it did return 0. My assumption is that it is using the built in windows driver as i do not see an intel ICH storage controller listed in the device manager -- but do see an AHCI driver under the IDE ATA / ATAPI Controllers section. I guess this is because i did not install ISM or the new Intel drivers separately... and windows 7 is handling the trim already?

RGiff
Honored Contributor I
147 Views

If you test returned ( O ) than windows TRIM is on and working. But I would still install the Intel Tool Box , With the tool box you can set up a schedule to Run tune up once a week or run it manuely , it will also give you Info on your NON-SSD Drives . So I would recomend using the Tool Box.

RGiff
Honored Contributor I
147 Views

As Far as the AHCI , If it's not on now you can enable it and it will give a great performance with your SSD , But there is a certian way to do this You CAN NOT just go in your BIOS and turn it on , you will get a blue screen, ReFF. to Microsoft article # 922976 as how to change it with a Operating SYS already installed , but it does involved some registry editing, So if you do this read it carefuly and do step by step. Than you can enable AHCI and get about a 20% gain in the performance of your SSD.

idata
Community Manager
147 Views

If the test return (0) doesn't mean TRIM is on and working at all.... it actually means that WINDOW 7 send the command "trim your device" to the controller... but if u have a RAID CONTROLLER that controller doesn't understand it and dont actually do it abviously

it's like

WIN7: please controller trim the unit

CONTROLLER: what?

WIN7: damn you i said TRIM it

CONTROLLER: TRIM? what are you talking about... trim yourself you....X%# $%^#

WIN7: TRIM TRIM TRIM TRIM

CONTROLLER: you TRIM yourself, son of a TRIM

so if the controller is not the right one, ACHI or IDE with the window driver or RTS driver (matrix doenst know the command either), WIN7 on (0) will send the command to the controller but the controller will not do anything as he doesnt know what it means

So to actually make AUTOMATIC TRIM WORK you have to have

a) SSD hooked up with controller ACHI or IDE (better ACHI but both work)

b) driver for the controller Microsoft windows7 or intel-RTS (better RTS but both work)

c) win7 TRIM comman on (0)

if those 3 things happen on your pc, compliment you have automatic TRIM if you miss even only one of these thing you dont have TRIM on

I have 2x80gb not in raid with ACHI controller and RTS drive and i never need to trim them they are (after 4 mounth) as performant as day one and i test them every 2 week.

RGiff
Honored Contributor I
147 Views

I don't recall anyone In this conversation mentioning RAID at all , everyone knows TRIM will not work in RAID because it can not tell which drive is which ,In RAID it looks at both drives as one???

idata
Community Manager
14 Views

then you have really short memory or you can't read.

check post 8 and post... oh wait post 10 that actually you wrote...

well done in confusing everybody

and for your info you have have the Value (0) on automatic trim window7 even with raid control but it wont work so what you said is faulse i just tried to make it clear.

RGiff
Honored Contributor I
14 Views

My Macopa, So How do you get AHCI and RAID 1 to run at the same time ??

RGiff
Honored Contributor I
14 Views

Running OS on your SSD and running two std. HD in RAID 1 for back up , SSD in AHCI mode , Two std. HD in RAID 1??

idata
Community Manager
147 Views

Why is it that every time I run the optimizer, it does its job really fast, like 1 second or two. it's almost as if it is not doing anything at all. Does anyone know why this may be? I am running the new intel RST drivers with a single G2 80 SSD and two HDDs in RAID 0.

idata
Community Manager
147 Views

Sounds normal for a quick TRIM pass. If you have a lot of Windows restore points it will take longer.

idata
Community Manager
147 Views

@JWellington

As mentioned above, the "fast" trim behavior is expected.

Your mechanical drive as well as your SSD are divided into "Logical Block Addresses", which hold 512 bytes of data, often called a "sector". When you delete a file, your filesystem simply updates its records, but does not necessarily erase the sectors associated with the file. An SSD moves sectors around to ensure steady performance. Unfortunately, an SSD will "shuffle" the LBAs associated with the deleted file just like valid data, which is unnecessary.

If the SSD had some knowledge of which LBAs were no longer needed, it could take advantage of this information to more efficiently "shuffle" when it is time to write addtional data. The addition of the "TRIM" command to the ATA spec basically tells the SSD which LBAs are associated with deleted files and hence no longer need to be moved around.

Hope that helps.

RGiff
Honored Contributor I
147 Views

How did you get your SSD to run in AHCI and have a RAID set up at the same time??

idata
Community Manager
147 Views

Robert,

What is AHCI?

RGiff
Honored Contributor I
147 Views

AHCI - Advanced Host Controller Interface

idata
Community Manager
147 Views

I have 2 SSD drive

the toolbox on the system one run smoothly he fill it up and clean it

when i do the second one it fill it up but it doesn't erase the files

it kind of get stuck to the end of the process i can manually erase the files but it's odd since they are exactly same SSD only different thing is the port the are attached and that one is system the other not

I tryed 2 or 3 times i even restated and tryed again the system one always get it done right the other one always get stuck at the end and fill it up my SSD without erasing the temp files.

Not a big deal i guess but just to let you know.

idata
Community Manager
147 Views

Still no Raid5 support.

When is Intel going to support Raid5?

Thank you.

Reply