Intel recently updated it's SSD Toolbox software to version 3.0. The new version has a few under the hood changes; however, the most obvious change is an overhauled interface. If you're not familiar with the Intel SSD Toolbox, it is a small application provided by Intel to manage and diagnose the company's solid state drive lineup. The software includes tools to optimize the SSD using TRIM functionality, estimate drive health, and provide diagnostic scans to verify data integrity. According to the changelog, version 3 builds upon the previous version by adding:
- A new graphical interface
- An integrated help and support system
- Support for additional languages
- The ability to update firmware on supported Intel SSDs (SSDs in IDE mode and older 50nm drives need not apply). Users of older SSDs and those running their solid state drives in IDE mode can update their drive firmware by using this Intel Firmware Update tool.
- Viewing drive health
- Displaying estimated remaining drive life
- Viewing and exporting system information
As mentioned above, the first thing you are likely to notice upon starting the software is the new interface. Intel has kept the blue and white color scheme of the older versions; however, that is where the similarities end. Fortunately, Intel has not downsized the tools and you are able to do the same actions as the previous iterations; they are just easier to access. The interface is now made of two panes split horizontally. On the left are tabs that users click on to navigate to the various tools while the right side of the window is where the action takes place with the selected tool's output being displayed therein.
The new Intel SSD Toolbox's home page
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