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what's best program to check ssd hard drive?

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i recently noticed the performance on my samsung 120 SSD becomes very slow.
i have win7 x64 system and i have also restore entire system from an early harddrive backup image. but occasionally, the performance is still sluggish.

this never happened before, so i suspect it's my SSD HDD, however, i dont know any good program that can test and check SSD.

can someone recommand one?  
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Samsung should have a diagnostic you can run on their drives.
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Here, and download the SSD Magician Tool:
http://www.samsung.com/us/support/owners/product/MZ-5PA128/US#
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i dont find the link for download on samsung website...........
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I don't see a permanent link to share with you ... go to the link above, then in the lower-right of the webpage, under Common Inquiries, go to How can I check the performance of my SSD ... it opens a window with Javascript and will have a link to the download in that window.
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found it and downloaded
but it does not recognize my ssd
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actually it found and display Samsung name, but it says no samsung branded ssd...........
i guess it's because my ssd is from my laptop OEM?
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There are few laptops that come from the OEM with SSD's, but if it did, then that is a definite possibility, as the firmware may be different than the generic/retail drives.

What make/model is your laptop?  Your laptop manufacturer's diagnostics should be able to test it.
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LENOVO T410S
I'm searching lenovo site now
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Greetings,

I never use any program to check the hard drive. I use command prompt. This will tell you if the hard drive is working properly, and will occasionally fix any errors it comes across, and it gives you an out look on what is failing in a specific spot on the windows systems.

Open the start menu, and then search for cmd.exe when it opens type chkdsk it may take a while for it to run through the hard drive to make sure everything is running properly,

I am not sure if this is what you're looking for but i know it would definitively help in your situation. also I'd check the ram as well if one of the ram slot is failing sometimes it does slow down the pc because it's using most of the load on the one ram slot.

Cordially,
Scott
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CHKDSK is for checking the filesystem.  While not a bad idea, it will not tell you if the hard drive is physically failing.
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i did chkdsk a couple times already.
in fact, i think SSD is different conventional HDD.
so i need a specialized s/w to test my SSD HDD.
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Remember chkdsk is not a disk diagnostic - it only checks and repairs the file system.

If the software from the drive manufacturer and the PC manufacturer to offered the drive doesn't work or is not available, you might be able to use a third party utility to get a general idea of the performance/health of your drive.  I believe HD Tune may be able to give you a general idea how healthy the drive is.
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True, I guess I didnt think of that one.
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