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Hi OCN,

 

I'm trying to figure out what HD Sentinel is saying about my 120GB Intel 520 SSD.

 

Here is a screenshot of the main page:

 

 

And here is an image of the disk's SMART stats:

 

 

 

So, does this mean anything at all? Is there anything to worry about?

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I assume you're worried because it rates (??) performance at 80%. Performance is 80% of what? Compared to what?

The only thing I see related to that is "It is recommended to upgrade the operating system, the disk controller or its driver to improve performance".

I can't tell anything from your post or system specs, so are you using an Intel SATA III port for your SSD?

Is your SATA controller configured as AHCI mode?

Are you using the standard MS msahci driver, or the Intel IRST driver, which is for both AHCI and RAID?

Or do you have the SSD connected to an inferior Marvell SATA III port, with Marvell or MS driver?

It does say, "The status of the solid state disk is PERFECT." Its health is 100%, isn't that good?

It also states that the Power on Time is 2007 days, 3 hours, or almost 5.5 years. 520 SSDs have been available for about two years now, so that is wrong. Intel uses a proprietary way of storing power on time data, so the misinterpretation is no suprise IMO.

But I do see this that concerns me, "The TRIM feature of the SSD is supported but disabled".

It's not possible to disable TRIM with a setting on a SSD, so the statement is odd. But TRIM can be disabled in an OS, you seem to have Windows 7 which has TRIM enabled by default. So unless you disabled TRIM, or HD Sentinel is somehow detecting that TRIM is not reaching your SSD (more Marvell driver nonsense?), I don't know what to think about that, except it needs to be checked.

Have you ever used the Intel SSD Toolbox to check your SSD and configuration: https://downloadcenter.intel.com/Detail_Desc.aspx?agr=Y&ProdId=3765&DwnldID=18455&ProductFamily=Solid-State+Drives+and+Caching&ProductLine=Intel%C2%AE+High+Performance+Solid-State+Drive&ProductProduct=Intel%C2%AE+SSD+520+Series&lang=eng
Edited by parsec - 11/11/13 at 10:33pm
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I assume you're worried because it rates (??) performance at 80%. Performance is 80% of what? Compared to what?

The only thing I see related to that is "It is recommended to upgrade the operating system, the disk controller or its driver to improve performance".

I can't tell anything from your post or system specs, so are you using an Intel SATA III port for your SSD?

Is your SATA controller configured as AHCI mode?

Are you using the standard MS msahci driver, or the Intel IRST driver, which is for both AHCI and RAID?

Or do you have the SSD connected to an inferior Marvell SATA III port, with Marvell or MS driver?

It does say, "The status of the solid state disk is PERFECT." Its health is 100%, isn't that good?

It also states that the Power on Time is 2007 days, 3 hours, or almost 5.5 years. 520 SSDs have been available for about two years now, so that is wrong. Intel uses a proprietary way of storing power on time data, so the misinterpretation is no suprise IMO.

But I do see this that concerns me, "The TRIM feature of the SSD is supported but disabled".

It's not possible to disable TRIM with a setting on a SSD, so the statement is odd. But TRIM can be disabled in an OS, you seem to have Windows 7 which has TRIM enabled by default. So unless you disabled TRIM, or HD Sentinel is somehow detecting that TRIM is not reaching your SSD (more Marvell driver nonsense?), I don't know what to think about that, except it needs to be checked.

Have you ever used the Intel SSD Toolbox to check your SSD and configuration: https://downloadcenter.intel.com/Detail_Desc.aspx?agr=Y&ProdId=3765&DwnldID=18455&ProductFamily=Solid-State+Drives+and+Caching&ProductLine=Intel%C2%AE+High+Performance+Solid-State+Drive&ProductProduct=Intel%C2%AE+SSD+520+Series&lang=eng

 

Yes, I was worried because of the 80% performance. 

I then realized I hadn't installed the Intel IRST RAID driver and I installed that, because I have a RAID array in my system. Now the health is showing as 100%. +Rep for your advice. :)

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Thanks for the rep, people forget to do that all the time.

Great, that was easy! Or actually probably just an arbitrary choice on the program's part, since I guess it did not detect a SATA driver in Windows, so it just dinged down your performance rating. As you know, you don't need a SATA driver since the Intel RAID OROM actually performs most of the same functions, or did you have the "F6" driver installed?
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