Though being one of the first SSD providers to offer a “toolbox” for our SSDs, it was time for OCZ to launch a next generation SSD management tool. Meet your SSD’s new best friend, SSD Guru. With the hardcore enthusiast in mind, this feature-rich SSD management software tool was designed to let you have GodMode-like capabilities when it comes your OCZ SSD. Maintenance, monitoring, SSD tuning, OS optimization and more are now right at your fingertips.
Oldies, but Goodies
Our legacy toolbox housed the most critical features end users needed to oversee and maintain their SSDs. These features aren’t going anywhere, but the new UI makes it easier than ever to get in and get out.
- Firmware Updates
Easily update your firmware right here in SSD Guru to enhance performance and stability.
New in SSD Guru: If an update to either SSD Guru, or the SSD firmware itself is available, you can set SSD Guru to notify you. You can still sign up for email notifications here.
- Secure Erase
Permanently erase all data on the SSD and leave it in an unformatted state. This option is ideal for anyone that is reinstalling an OS on their SSD and would like a fresh start.
- SMART Data
View your drive’s SMART (Self-Monitoring, Analysis and Reporting Technology) data attributes.
New in SSD Guru: Entry-level users may find it easier to read SMART data now that SSD Guru indicates what the attributes represent with an Endurance, Functionality, or Information icon as well as additional details if you click the attribute itself.
Dashboard for Dummies
If you are like most people, you want a one-stop-shop for everything you need to know. The SSD Guru dashboard does just that. The dashboard displays all the critical information that you need to know about your OCZ SSD including:
- Storage capacity
- Interface speed and port
- Drive health
- Firmware update status
Get Your Tweak On
The Tuner tab in SSD Guru puts the power to fine-tune your drive in your hands. With our roots in overclocking (OCZ stood for OverClockerZ), we know how important it is for enthusiasts to have the ability to tweak their components for peak performance.
- SSD Tuner
Here you can optimize the performance of your SSD by forcing a TRIM command as well as adjusting the drive’s overprovisioning to improve its performance over its lifetime. We recommend only advanced users tinker with these settings.
- OS Tuner
Deciding on operating system settings is incredibly easy with the OS Tuner module. Select from three modes: Reliability, Performance, and Capacity to quickly optimize your SSD. For ultimate flexibility, advanced users can play around with the custom setting as well.
In the event you have some installation questions or are having issues, SSD Guru has what is called SSP, or Save Support Package. By clicking the “Save” button, SSD Guru will save a host report in a .zip file format. This file can then be used when emailing our support team directly, streamlining the process and enabling quicker technical support.
Here is a full breakdown of added features:
Currently, SSD Guru works with all OCZ Barefoot 3 based SSDs (legacy OCZ SSD owners can still use the OCZ Toolbox). Please don’t hesitate to leave feedback about your experience in the comments.