Windows 10: Samsung Magician Solved

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  1.    02 Jun 2017 #651

    MPSAN said: View Post
    OK...I just thought that the ISO may be more reliable. I guess I can try Magician 5.1. Will it now give me exm04 and not exm03?
    It'll check your drive and update to the latest version if necessary. Just follow it's instructions and let it do it's thing.

    BTW what "ISO" are you talking about???
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  2.    02 Jun 2017 #652

    sygnus21 said: View Post
    It'll check your drive and update to the latest version if necessary. Just follow it's instructions and let it do it's thing.

    BTW what "ISO" are you talking about???
    If you do go to the Samsung site and look at firmware updates, one of the options is to download the firmware in an ISO and you can create a bootable CD or USB that will flash you drive. I just thaough that since it is based on a small Linux OS, it would eliminate any Windows issues with AV software, etc.

    The file is called...Samsung_SSD_850_PRO_EXM04B6Q_Win.ISO
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  3.    02 Jun 2017 #653

    OK, yeah, I don't use them. If a firmware update is issued, I just do it through the Magician software. I've four Samsung SSD's in my system.

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  4.    02 Jun 2017 #654

    ...and your 950 pro does not support rapid mode?
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  5.    02 Jun 2017 #655

    No. Samsung doesn't support Rapid Mode on NVMe drives (yet). Still plenty fast though.

    That said, I do have Rapid Mode enabled on my 850 Pro since I use that drive for my photo editing needs. I'm also a photographer.

    Also be aware you can only enable Rapid Mode on one drive at a time. So the fact that I have multiple SSD drives, only one can have Rapid Mode enabled.
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  6.    02 Jun 2017 #656

    sygnus21 said: View Post
    No. Samsung doesn't support Rapid Mode on NVMe drives (yet). Still plenty fast though.

    That said, I do have Rapid Mode enabled on my 850 Pro since I use that drive for my photo editing needs. I'm also a photographer.

    Also be aware you can only enable Rapid Mode on one drive at a time. So the fact that I have multiple SSD drives, only one can have Rapid Mode enabled.
    OK, I only have 1 SSD anyway. I did not change any options when I went from 4.9.7 to 5.1. I have not even selected Over Provisioning to see what that does. I may not even bother.
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  7.    02 Jun 2017 #657

    Unless you're hard up for disk space, leave over provisioning alone. BTW what size is your drive?
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  8.    02 Jun 2017 #658

    sygnus21 said: View Post
    Unless you're hard up for disk space, leave over provisioning alone. BTW what size is your drive?
    I have a 512 GB 850 Pro. I never did set Over Provisioning. Are you saying I should?
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  9.    02 Jun 2017 #659

    Disregard my last post. Overprovisioning actually sets aside more storage space to better optimize endurance of the drive. In short you actually lose storage space when over provisioning.

    That said, all SSD drives are already shipped with space set aside for garbage collection and other stuff. This is why your 512gig SSD drive is really a 477gig drive. Setting aside more storage space (overprovisioning) also increases a drives endurance. In keeping things simple, for the normal consumer, there's really no need to overprovision their SSD drive. For high drive usage like Data Centers ii may be useful to overprovision drives.

    The short answer is if your not putting a lot of usage on the drive - moving lots of data to and from there's no need to overprovision. In the end it's up to you and how you use your drive. I myself have never overprovisioned any of my SSD drives and see no reason to do so now, but that's me.

    Anyway you can read about Overprovisioning here - SSD Over-Provisioning And Its Benefits
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       03 Jun 2017 #660

    sygnus21 said: View Post
    This is why your 512gig SSD drive is really a 477gig drive.
    While SSDs may have space set aside for GC, the reason a 512GB drive shows as 477GB is because of the difference in the method between the manufacturers indication of the drive size, decimal and how the system displays the size, binary.
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