This is a great time to pick up your first (or second, or third) SSD. The question is; which one?
Did your SSD start out Usain Bolt fast, but now limps along? You can whip your drive back into shape using a handful of toolkits and optimization software, but caveat emptor: Some SSD optimization software are potentially damaging to your solid state drive. Analysis tools help determine your model, its condition and its firmware version. Toolkits will automatically optimize the drive. Finally, SSD benchmarking software determines whether or not your drive functions at or near peak performance.
Although Solid State Drives can deliver break-neck computing speeds, most users don’t know a nasty secret – your drive might not be properly configured. The reason is that SSDs don’t come optimized out of the box. Before the drive reaches peak performance, the user must engage in a fair amount of tweaking and preparatory work. In particular, AHCI mode in BIOS/EFI must be engaged and the correct AHCI drivers must be installed.
Have you ever had a drive failure? Sadly, there’s no panacea for preventing hardware damage. But monitoring your HDD or SSD, to act when their death becomes likely, is a first step.