Best 7 Free Tools to Check SSD Health and Monitor Performance

Last Updated: April 13, 2017

SSDs are gradually intruding into HDD market and replacing the role of regular hard disks in laptops and high-end desktops. Solid State Devices are offering high performance compared to traditional spinning hard disks.

This flash-based memory device is consuming less battery power to read and write data with relatively high-speed that guarantee more battery life for your laptops. The SSD based system will boot in seconds and make your system ready to start work.

SSD loads your apps faster and copies Gigabytes of data within few seconds with higher performance. Once you made up your mind to buy SSD, please see the list we recommended SSDs for MAC, if you own a Windows system, please refer the list for best SSDs for Windows.

SSDs are offering high performance, high-speed and less power consumption. Since this is a new technology, still SSDs are lagging behind hard disks in terms of lifespan and reliability.

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Here is the list of best Windows and Mac Free Tools to Check SSD Health and Monitor Performance.

1. Crystal Disk Info

Download for: Windows

Crystal Disk Info helps you to monitor Solid State Hard Disk’s health status and temperature. This tool can check your disk’s Read and Write speed and S.M.A.R.T.

Crystal Disk Mark

You can use this tool to check your SSD and other Hard Disk types. Once you have installed this tool, this tool can monitor your system hard disk performance in real-time while you working on your system.

2. Crystal Disk Mark

Download for: Windows

If you need a real benchmarking tool to test your hard disk, Crystal Disk Mark is the right tool. This tool can test your Hard Disk in Sequential Reads/Writes, Random Reads/Writes and QD32 Modes.


If you want to compare with multiple disks based on their read-write performance, this is the ideal free tool.

3. Smartmonotools

Download for: Windows | MAC | Linux | Live CD

The Smartmontools package contains two utility programs (smartctl and smartd) to control and monitor your hard disk. This tool is offering the real-time monitoring of your Hard Disk, Analyze and warn you about potential disk degradation and failure.

SmartmonotoolsSmartmontools supports ATA/ATAPI/SATA-3 to -8 disks and SCSI disks and tape devices. It can run on Mac OS X, Linux, FreeBSD, NetBSD, OpenBSD, Solaris, OS/2, Cygwin, QNX, eComStation, Windows and runs from a Live CD.

4. Samsung Magician

Download for: Windows

Samsung Magician software features simple, graphical indicators show SSD health status and Total Bytes Written (TBW) at a glance. You can decide SATA and AHCI compatibility and status. The updated Benchmarking feature lets users test and SSDs to compare the performance and speed.

Samsung Magician Software

This tool can use to optimize your Samsung SSD with three different profiles like Maximum Performance, Maximum Capacity and Maximum Reliability along with detailed descriptions of each OS setting.

5. Intel Solid-State Drive Toolbox

Download for: Windows | MAC | Linux

The Intel Solid-State Drive Toolbox is drive management software that allows you to monitor your drive health, estimated drive life remaining and S.M.A.R.T. Attributes. It can run quick and full diagnostic scans to test the read and write functionality of an Intel SSD.

Intel Solid-State Drive Toolbox

This tool can optimize the performance of an Intel SSD using Trim functionality and update the firmware on a supported Intel SSD.

You can check and tune your system settings for optimal Intel SSD performance, power efficiency, and endurance. This tool supports a Secure Erase of your secondary Intel SSDs. If you are looking for a new SSD, here is a couple of SSDs from Amazon that seems like best sellers.

6. Toshiba SSD Utility

Download for: Windows | MAC | Linux

SSD Utility is for Toshiba Drives, a Graphical User Interface (GUI) based tool for managing OCZ SSDs. The dashboard provides a real-time overview of system status, capacity, interface, health, etc. You can perform the health monitoring of Toshiba SSDs, check on how much life is left in your SSD, find out if your SSD is hooked up to the suitable ports, and set in the correct modes to achieve high performance.

7, SSD Life

Download for: Windows

SSD Life is a dedicated tool for Solid State Drives. This tool can measure your SSD’s lifespan and you can back up your data before your SSD take its last breath.


This is the best tool to install on your computer and monitor your SSD’s health in real-time to inform you about any critical defects.

8. SsdReady

Download for: Windows

Do you ever wonder how long your SSD is going to last? This is a tool you must have to install on your computer and let it run in the background.


This tool track daily Writes and the total usage of your SSD on a daily basis. It can predict how long your SSD going to live and you will get a time span to shop for next SSD.

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If you are depending SSDs to save all your data, it is better to keep an eye on your SSD’s life and performance to secure your data before any critical failure. There are few free tools are available to monitor your SSD’s Performance, Read/Write Speed and Life Span.

It is always better to keep an eye on your SSD by installing at least one SSD health monitoring tool for your laptop. Also keep a backup disc for your entire data and backup up your computer once in a month or a week based on your computer use.


  1. SSDs do NOT ‘take a last breath’ in a similar fashion to spindle drives. However write performnce degrades over the lifetime of the device to the point where it will be effectively unusable. It should at this point still be readable, so effectively has become ROM.

    The first comment left is almost entirely accurate. Most SSD ‘monitoring’ tools will in fact read information about any SSD, however they will only allow you to interact with that manufacturers SSDs (i.e. Samsung tool will display e.g. Total Read/Write information about a drive manufactured by say SKHynix, but will only allow you TRIM or alter settings for Samsung drives.

    Before you buy an SSD – check the manufacturers website to see if they provide such software. The more expensive end of the market usually has such tools. Very cheap SSD manufacturers tend not to. the choice is yours.

  2. The majority of the advertised applications are bloatware or junkware, or pehraps heven malware and spyware. Crystal Disk is actually some anime thing with kawaii faces and plays little jingles and stuff all the time. Stay clear. This has never been a sign of a good application. Just google Bonzai Buddy.

    Intel and Samsung have HDD diagnostic software, but unless you have a specific subset of Intel manufactured or samsung manufactured drives, it will be less than useless. For example, suppose you buy a Samsung Laptop with intel components. Neither of them will work due to the SSD being a Seagate or whatever. So don’t even bother unless you bought a specific SSD from those manufactureres directly and then plugged it in yourself.

    SSD Life might be good. I am trying it right now. It apparently appears to be actually called OCZ SSD utility and cannot detect my one and only drive, which is a solid state drive.

    The solution? If you are looking for a diagnostic test, it does not exist yet, as of May 2016. I am pretty sure that SMART – that is, solid state drives have not yet implemented anything equal; to or analogous to Self-Monitoring, Analysis, and Reporting Technology. Your $2 USB stick and your main hard drive are equivalent in technological sophistication and apparently the age of forethought is dead.

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