Both Intel and Samsung supply windows only configuration software for their SSDs (Intel® Solid State Drive Toolbox, Samsung Magician Software for PC).

Is there anyway to achieve the same functionality under OS X? And/Or is this functionality actually needed?

To clarify using Intel as an example (but samsung has something similar), their configuration tool can:

Check and tune system settings for optimal performance, power efficiency, and endurance

(Note that this is separate from firmware updates - which both companies do seem to support for OS X systems)


Both of those tools seem to provide some basic diagnostic information about your drive.

The Intel® Solid State Drive Toolbox (Intel® SSD Toolbox) is drive management software that allows you to: - View current drive information for Intel® Solid State Drives (Intel® SSDs), including:

  • Model number, capacity, and firmware version
  • Drive health
  • Estimated drive life remaining
  • SMART attributes (also available for hard disk drives and non-Intel SSDs)
  • Identify Device information (also available for hard disk drives and non-Intel SSDs)

You can get this with DiskDrill or Diskwarrior. The free versions of both can give you what you are looking for.

The "tuning" is basically enabling/disabling TRIM support. There are 3rd party utilities out there that can do it for you, but the reccomended way is doing it through OS X Terminal. The linked article has a Word document that provides you the steps to to enable TRIM; I am direct linking it here

  • You again! Anyway it's the **tune** system settings for optimal performance, power efficiency, and endurance aspect that I am more interested in. – Peter M May 9 '16 at 12:55
  • It's more than just enabling TRIM. The Samsung software allows you to select between 3 or 4 different "modes": Maximum Performance, Maximum Capacity and Maximum Reliability .. samsung.com/global/business/semiconductor/minisite/SSD/global/… In hindsight these do seem to be manipulating settings in Windows rather than in the SSD. – Peter M May 9 '16 at 13:12

You can enable TRIM on the Mac, using either Trim Enabler ($10), or its newer sibling, Disk Sensei ($20), both from Cindori

Late news: Apparently, Apple have allowed you to enable TRIM on any SSD since OS X 10.11.4
Using the Terminal command sudo trim force enable & acknowledging the big scary warning. The system will then reboot with TRIM enabled.
Thanks to Peter M & his link to Ars Technica : Latest OS X update allows you to enable TRIM for third-party SSDs - though read the caveats in the comments section.

As for the rest, the only way I've ever been able to get firmware updates onto a Samsung was by reformatting it as NTFS & putting it in a PC, the Samsung app & instructions were of no use at all when I tried them on a Mac :(
Whether that is because I was trying to do it on an 08 Mac Pro which won't boot from their ISO, I might never know. How you would do it from a machine without an optical drive is also subject to experiment.

I have no experience with the Intel SSDs, so can't comment.

  • Theoretically you now don't need 3rd party tools to turn TRIM on. arstechnica.com/apple/2015/06/… – Peter M May 9 '16 at 13:01
  • Ah, interesting news, thanks. I ought to add that to the answer. – Tetsujin May 9 '16 at 13:05
  • But take a close look at the comments. There seems to be an issue with TRIM deleting data on various manufacturers drives. The caveat is that I have no experience in this subject and can only refer you to what is written there. – Peter M May 9 '16 at 13:08
  • Oh, that sounds fun... though I've had TRIM enabled on my 840 since I got it - I guess time will tell. I do know that before I updated the firmware & reperformed it on the PC, it was already slowing down badly. It's been fine ever since. – Tetsujin May 9 '16 at 13:11
  • Yeah .. total fun. And here I am shopping around for my first SSD and I see thing like that! – Peter M May 9 '16 at 13:14

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