OCZ Vertex 2 120GB SSD Reviewajmatson - June 10, 2010
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OCZ is working on a tool for their SSD's, which will provide the user with utilities to help them get the most out of their new device. This utility is called the OCZ Toolbox and will only work on OCZ Drives. The utility is still being fully developed and is not available for the public use. However, OCZ has stated that it will be available in the future. This is version 0.60 and was sent to us to give you a preview of what it will be used for. There are several tools provided to you or your new OCZ SSD, including viewing the information about the drive and its current S.M.A.R.T data. One of the most important tools is to update the firmware on the drive. On some of the older OCZ drives you needed to set a jumper which would put the drive in the mode to update the firmware. Now all you do is select the firmware you want to update the drive with and the utility will do its job. Just like performing a BIOS update with a Windows-based utility. There are several other utilities as well, that will reset the drive to factory specifications, set the World Wide Name, format the drive with aligned sectors, set and remove a password and secure erase the drive.
The last part of the Toolbox is the Details tab. There are two options here which show you the important details for the Vertex 2. The biggest option is to view the S.M.A.R.T. data on the drive to ensure that it is functioning correctly and there are no errors on the device. Some of the information you gather from the S.M.A.R.T. data is the number of writes and reads to the drive, error count, and how long the drive had been powered on or the lifetime of the drive.
Now that we have seen the hardware and software of the Vertex 2, we can move on to the testing phase.