There are plenty of users who have installed Windows OS on SSD. A friend of mine recently asked me to suggest a good SSD optimization software for Windows operating system. As I am primarily using HDDs on my desktop and laptops, I decided to search the web for good free SSD optimization tools.
A quick web search revealed that almost every SSD manufacturer offers free tool to manage and optimize solid state drive. Although these official tools don’t support SSDs from other manufacturers, they include plenty of options optimize SSD as well as Windows operating for optimal performance. For instance, the Samsung SSD Magician offers more features and options to optimize SSD and Windows OS than any other third-party paid software.
In no particular order, following are the free tools available to manage and optimize SSDs on Windows 7, Windows 8.1 and Windows 10.
Corsair SSD Toolbox
As the name indicates, Corsair SSD Toolbox helps you manage and optimize solid state drives by Corsair. With the Toolbox, you can view the real-time temperature, model and serial number of installed SSD(s).
Additionally, the tool can be used to update SSD firmware as well. Visit the following page to download the newest version of Corsair SSD Toolbox for Windows.
Intel SSD Toolbox
SSD Toolbox by Intel can be used to view drive information (model number, serial number), estimated drive life remaining, optimize the performance, update the firmware, and tune Windows operating system for optimal SSD performance.
Crucial Storage Executive Tool
Crucial Storage Executive tool is designed to help Crucial SSD users update their SSD to latest firmware, reset the drive’s encryption password, and view overall health of the drive.
The tool is compatible with Crucial M500, M550, MX100, MX200, and BX100 SSDs installed on PC’s running Windows 7, Windows 8/8.1 and Windows 10.
Samsung SSD Magician
This tool is probably the best in the lot but is compatible with a handful of Samsung SSD models only. It supports Samsung SSD 840, 830, 840 EVO, 840 PRO, and 470 series only.
The OS optimization tool allows you optimize the SSD for maximum performance, maximum capacity and maximum reliability. The user interface of the software is also easy-to-navigate and use.
SanDisk SSD Dashboard
Just like other tools, SanDisk SSD Dashboard allows you view model and serial number of the drive, update the firmware version, and view current condition of drive health and fastest speed supported by the drive.
The tool also shows performance graphs and allows you run the TRIM command to free up some space on the drive. SanDisk SSD Dashboard tool also allows you create bootable USB of the software to update the firmware without booting into Windows.
Transcend SSD Scope
Apart from getting detailed SSD information, you can use SSD Scope to update the firmware, securely erase SSD, perform diagnostic scan, enable TRIM, view SSD health and clone feature to move Windows operating system as well as data from an old drive to new one.
Toshiba SSD Utilities
As with the case of other tools in its class, Toshiba SSD Utilities supports SSDs manufactured only by Toshiba. SSD Utilities is useful to view drive information, improve the performance, update drive firmware, and securely erase the drive.
ADATA SSD Toolbox
Users who are using SSD(s) from ADATA can use this SSD Toolbox to view drive information, optimize the drive, update the firmware, diagnose, and securely erase the drive. Full list of supported SSDs can be found on the download page.
SSD Tweaker Free
Although the free version of SSD Tweaker offers very less options and settings, you can use the same to optimize Windows prefetcher, indexing service, disable date stamping, and boot tracing.
Kingston SSD Toolbox
SSD Toolbox from Kingston allows you monitor drive health, update drive firmware, erase data securely, and view drive information data.
The tool supports sandforce-based Kinston SSDs installed in AHCI mode.