Hello, I have an X-18 SSD model SSDSA1MH1601HP 1.8". Can I use the SSD toolbox on this drive? Do I need to flash the firmware to G2 and can this be done on this drive? Will the toolbox optimizer (manual trim) work on a G1?
Robert Gifford wrote:
You might want to check with INTEL if a firmware update would Help??
would help what? intel g1 drives do not support trim, so the optimizer is disabled in the toolbox.
OK, so if I correctly understand this, no G1 drive will support trim - either through W7 trim command or with toolbox optimizer utility. Updating the firmware will not change this. Correct?
Will the toolbox secure erase work on this drive and can this be used to periodically restore performance?
i don't see any reason why the secure erase function in the toolbox would not work on a g1 (other secure erase utilities do work), and there's nothing in the documentation saying it wouldn't work, but i have not tried this myself.
if you notice performance degrading severely, then yes, a secure erase will restore it to 'factory fresh' performance. however, i have a bunch of g1's that have had terabytes of data written to them and never noticed performance degrading to the point where i needed to do a secure erase. but then again, i use these drives in desktops, i don't sit around with a stopwatch timing everything, and i don't hammer them with benchmarks. ymmv.
if you just bought this drive secondhand and are unsure of how it was (ab)used previously, then you may want to do a secure erase to start off on a clean slate.