Samsung SSD Magician 4.0 Released With Major Upgrades

Samsung has released a major overhaul of their Magician SSD software, bringing the software to version 4.0. One of the biggest boons to owning a Samsung SSD is Samsung’s attention to detail, as evidenced by this extremely useful SSD optimization/tuning and management tool. The last version of the Magician software was 3.2 and supported up to Windows 7. When attempting to install the prior version of Magician software Windows 8 users were presented with a “This is a known incompatible program” message. Besides Windows 8 compatibility, other major changes include three pre-sets under OS Optimization, a Samsung Authentication screen, and a completely revised (and far more attractive) user interface.

Samsung Magician ver 4.0 SSD Information Screen/Primary Screen

This is the launch screen. The “eye candy” has been turned up and all critical information is in one spot.

Samsung Magician 4_2

This is the OS Optimization screen, and is one of the biggest changes besides the UI. There are now three pre-sets to choose from, eliminating the guess work of OS optimization for Samsung SSDs. If you don’t want to use a pre-set, there is the Advanced tab where you can tweak OS settings manually.

Samsung Magician 4_5

Another addition, although less helpful, is the SSD Authentication screen. This only works for the 840 Series SSDs, however.

The summary of changes in Samsung Magician ver 4.0 directly from Samsung’s website:

  • Improvements & Modifications – Completely redesigned User Interface and User Experience. – Simple, graphical indication of drive health status and Total Bytes Written. – At-a-glance system configuration information, including SATA interface and AHCI support. – Re-designed OS Optimization featuring three common user profiles and detailed explanations of each configuration option. – SSD Authentication feature to verify your SSD is a genuine Samsung product.(From 840 and 840 PRO Series)
  • Operating System – Windows XP SP2(32bit) / Vista(32/64bit) / 7(32/64bit) / 8(32/64bit)
  • Note – SSD will not be recognized if it is part of a RAID array – Magician does not work with SSDs connected via the SCSI controller interface. – Only MBR and GPT partition types are supported. Magician may not work with other partition types. – Secure Erase is not supported for Windows 8 systems.

Samsung Magician ver 4.0 is found here.

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Louiza Andreou
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firmware update of my 840 250GB drive failed with this tool.
Had to make a usb bootable stick to flash via FreeDos tool.

Les@TheSSDReview
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Thank you for that Louiza. We will pass it on.

Cape Dave
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Cape Dave

Wicked nice looking! Kudos.

Donald Schultz
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Donald Schultz

Thanks for the kudos!

Igor Novak
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Igor Novak

Note – SSD will not be recognized if it is part of a RAID array.
I think its time for Samsung to open eyes,every fifth 840 pro is part of Raid field.
We need that,if it can be done in OS environment,they should do it as a Linux-based bootable disk.

nick
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nick

My computer crashes every time I try to use one of the performance presets. I just ended up going by the tips from this sites’ optimization guide instead.

Donald Schultz
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Donald Schultz

Did the crashing occur after a clean install and then using the Samsung Magician software, or had you already made tweaks to your OS prior to using the Magician software? What model Samsung SSD are you using and under what OS?

nick
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nick

I had 3.2 installed before, that optimized fine. Uninstalled 3.2, installed 4.0, tried that optimizer and it crashes then. Windows 7 home premium x64, 128gb 840 pro.

Donald Schultz
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Donald Schultz

Thanks for the information. I will see this passed along via Les Tokar. All feedback is good feedback, as it helps improve products.

Donald Schultz
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Donald Schultz

One more question…did Magician 3.2 display the same behavior or is this the first time using Magician? Both 3.2 and 4.0 are available on the website.

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gat0gelat0

Version 4.0 may be well designed but seems to be applicable primarily to the 840 series. I have the 830. Three things that come up when I use version 4.0 are that: 1) It says that the device has not been booted in AHCI mode (I verified twice while rebooting, and it IS always in AHCI mode) and 2) it is unable to gather details about the SATA interface the 830 is connected to, and 3) When I set one of the three modes (I chose ‘maximum reliability’) and then rebooted the machine, and reopened the magician v4.0 sw, it… Read more »

Donald Schultz
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Donald Schultz

Thank you for the feedback. I am speaking with Les Tokar about the best way to get this information back to Samsung. For the record I am also using a Samsung 830 Series SSD with Magician 4.0 and NOT having the same issues you are. I am also using Win 7 x64, and I use the Microsoft AHCI driver (personal preference over Intel’s AHCI driver) since I don’t make use of RAID or SSD cache capability via SRT.

ssd user
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ssd user

Did you start the software with admin rights?

gat0gelat0
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gat0gelat0

hi, yes I did. When I start Magician (whether 3.2 or 4.0) it asks me to approve execution as administrator. I think the problem is different – that v4.0 does not support AMD based processors /PCs. Am re-posting this link from one of my replies, above. http://www.samsung.com/global/business/semiconductor/samsungssd/downloads/Samsung_Magician_40_Release_Notes_10.pdf

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