When buying a computer, your best investment would be to buy one with an SSD or solid state drive. These drives provide higher speed to systems than conventional hard drives. But SSDs tend to be more expensive than hard drives, plus they have a much shorter lifespan. For these reasons, you must be aware of the integrity of your disks and verify your SSD, for which you have various tools.
The health of an SSD depends on the amount of data that has been written to it. Typically, you can write more than 500 TB of data to an SSD before it fails. Some can last even longer, depending on the quality or brand of it.
Some utilities available to check the status of an SSD provide a simple diagnosis, such as that your SSD is good, acceptable, etc. They may or may not also give you the actual wear indicator for the unit. If you can’t see your SSD wear indicator with simple third-party tools, here’s how to get it.
Check SSD disk by its wear indicator
When a third-party app can’t read critical information about an SSD, it’s likely to do with the SSD manufacturer blocking it. Fortunately, most SSD manufacturers provide their own free apps to check drive health and that’s what you should use.
Here are three SSD managers from popular manufacturers. If you have a third-party SSD, check their website for available software that you can manage it with.
Manufacturers’ apps should be able to show you the wear indicator and much more details about the status of your drive than a third-party app. It is also a good idea to have the application on your system in any case.
These apps are specific to the SSD you have, meaning the Samsung Magician app won’t be able to do much if you have a Kingston SSD. You may be able to run some tests, but they may not be accurate.
It’s good to note that if you try to run too strenuous a test on an SSD from a third-party app, you could void its warranty. Be careful and stress tests only if absolutely necessary.
The health indicators should be more than enough to indicate whether or not your SSD is failing, and if so, don’t put off replacing it. At the very least, make sure your important data is backed up so that in the event of a disk failure, you don’t lose it.
Third party utilities
There are many tools, both paid and free, that tell you how healthy your SSD is. We recommend using Crystal Disk Mark or Open Hardware Monitor. Here is a list of the best utilities so you can check the status of your SSD.
Crystal disk mark
Download Crystal Disk Mark and install it. Run the application and it will tell you the current status of your SSD drive. If the app tells you it’s good, you don’t have to worry. In some cases, when the SSD supports it, you will also be able to see a percentage of its status and the amount of data that has been written up to that point.
The app also provides you with a wealth of additional information. This is very technical information, so unless you know what you are looking for, it will not be of much use to you.
Open Hardware Monitor
Download and install Open Hardware Monitor. Run the application and deploy your SSD to the root list. Under Tiers, the app will tell you how much of your SSD’s life is left.
You can buy SSDLife Pro or try the free version. Although it is not very expensive, so if you don’t like the free version, you may want to buy the full version. Download, install and run the application. It will tell you how your SSD is doing.
Hard drives are slowly being replaced by solid state drives or SSDs. Unfortunately, SSDs have a limited life, which scares users from investing in expensive hardware. Despite this though, you will likely buy a new computer before having to replace your SSD. However, it is a very good idea to keep an eye on the health of your SSD.