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Intel SSD Tool Box Ver. 3.0 – Under the Microscope and Tested

I have wanted to get this article in with respect to the new Intel Tool Box Update and apologize for the delay.  There was a reason, however, in that I wanted to do the article as I upgraded and optimized my own Intel X-25m 160GB SSD, a drive that has been in use since its first release.

Let’s take a close look at the Intel SSD Toolbox as we update the firmware, secure erase the drive, optimize, partion and then test it again.


Our first testing of the Intel X25m 160GB SSD was about two years ago when it scored an AMAZING 23124 points on PCMark Vantage Total Points score and provided these exact Crystal Disk Mark test results.  You will see this test to the left along with the Crystal Disk Info score to the right which will verify that we have about 880 hours and over 3200 ‘power on’ instances with the drive.



The first thing I encountered when starting the Toolbox was its home screen which, surprisingly, told me right off that the drive had 100% life remaining and was in excellent health. I found the list of options on the left to be the most detailed in any similar software seen as of yet.  You might notice the exclamation mark by the Firmware Update selection which alerted me that my firmware was out of date immediately.  Of course it was…I had NEVER updated it.


There was no need to search out the latest updates and all that was required was a simple click on the ‘Update’ button and the update was complete a few seconds later.  The good news here was that there was absolutely no data loss for the update and only a quick restart on completion.

About Les Tokar

is a technology nut and Founder of The SSD Review. His early work includes the first consumer SSD review along with MS Vista, Win 7 and SSD Optimization Guides. Les is fortunate to, not only evaluate and provide opinion on consumer and enterprise solid state storage but also, travel the world in search of new technologies and great friendships.Google+

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  • Guest

    By 40623 you mean 40823, right?

    • Les@TheSSDReview

      You caught it! Tx! Every now and then we like to throw a few mistakes out there to confirm that someone is still reading our material eheh.

      • Guest

        Seems like a plausible explanation *whistle*

  • Paul Alcorn

    looks great and easy to use, intel at its finest :)