Toshiba OCZ TR200 480GB review

SSD Utility Software

Most of us will go out buy the drive that we want, put it in the case, install Windows and be happy. Many of us will not go to the trouble of installing the software that the manufacturer has to offer. I have done this in the past, for various reasons, but the software that Toshiba offers for their SSDs is simply excellent and I strongly advise you to install it. So here is a quick look at the SSD Utility.

Toshiba OCZ TR200 480GB review

This is the main screen of the SSD Utility, and as we can see we have all the information that we need, such as free and used space, temperature, and very importantly the health of the drive togethre with the option to see if there is newer firmware available. We also have the options to see the SSD Details and on this tab you will get a more detailed view of the SSD. The system details are very self explanatory, giving detailed information about your system and finally, there is the smart tab which will display all the SMART information.

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Toshiba OCZ TR200 480GB review

In the tuner section, we find the Benchmark and SSD Tuner options. This one is a very nice tool to check the performance of the SSD, and if you want to it will verify that the drive delivers level of performance you expect.

Toshiba OCZ TR200 480GB review

This is the tab that gets me excited, and is something that I always use. I normally set over provisioning from Windows Disk Manager but many would not want to do that this way, so you have this easy option to select the amount the amount of space you want to set for over provisioning. For the purposes of writing this review it’s set to zero, but if were to use this as a daily drive I would be using 12-18GB so that I could have all the benefits of the speed that over provisioning has to offer. We can see that the slider goes up to 134GiB but I am sure that most of us won’t miss 12-18GB.

Toshiba OCZ TR200 480GB review

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Moving forward to the maintenance section, we have the option there to check if there is a newer firmware and to update it. There is also the Secure erase tab, but there’s no need to let you know what that does. Alerts will show detailed report of all the alert conditions that may require attention, plus any that have occurred in the past. The Bootable SSD Utility will create a bootable version of the SSD Utility to run from a USB flash drive.

Toshiba OCZ TR200 480GB review

Here is the settings page where you can manually change the settings of the SSD Utility. There is also the Help page that will point you to the direction of help and support.

Overall it’s very nice software with lots of useful features.

 

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This concludes our review. To read the final thoughts and conclusion, click the link below….

 

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