More important than Benchmarks
All the time I see reports of this or that SSD drive and its benchmark performance, the one test that is never performed is to see if the drive actually works throughout its specified capacity.
There is a really nice small utility for doing this and it is called "H2testw" it is a German program but the language can be switched to English.
You can get it here:
It was created for and by one of the most respected computer magazines in the World and one which I have been reading for over 25 years now called "c't magazin fÃ¼r computertechnik". The link I provided is to the English language site of that magazine.
It does not need to be installed it runs standalone.
What this utility does is write to the SSD until it is full and then tests if what has been written can actually be read. The results, if negative, cannot be argued away as some aberration of some dodgy software because there is a highly respected authority behind this utility. And because the download link I provided is to the magazine you know that it has not been tampered with.
Here is a test result from my new Neutron 120 GB SSD. I had done a complete run on it before I built it into my system and I have done another one as an example of the result on just 10 GB to show you a sample of the result:
Warning: Only 10000 of 114370 MByte tested.
Test finished without errors.
You can now delete the test files *.h2w or verify them again.
Writing speed: 158 MByte/s
Reading speed: 169 MByte/s
I ran the test through twice on the entire SSD and both times it came out without errors before I installed it into my new system.
An SSD is not exactly cheap and you also don't want to find out any defects it might have after you have started to use it. You want to know as soon as you have it out of the box whether or not it is in fully working order.
The good thing is that if the utility comes up with errors you can print off the result, burn the result to a CD and include the utility so that the manufacturer can run the test as well, with regard to an RMA.
Last edited by Nec_V20; 29-04-13 at 12:27.
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