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Testing a second hand SSD

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#1 OphionHalite


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Posted 20 September 2015 - 12:05 PM

I've been planning to add a SSD to my Asus notebook (N750JK-T4030H-BE) for a while.
For the moment, all my files are on one hard drive, but there's definitely room for a second drive.
There's someone selling a Samsung EVO 1TB for €100, which sounds really suspicious.

He claims the drive is still in warranty until march 2017, he only bought it half a year ago.
Is there a quick and easy way to test this drive before I purchase it?

I don't want to come home and realize it's only a 120GB drive or that the drive doesn't function properly.

Thanks for the time and help.

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#2 hamluis



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Posted 20 September 2015 - 01:42 PM

GSmart Control Diagnostic - http://www.bleepingcomputer.com/forums/t/567739/problem-with-system-tools/?p=3634826


GSmart Instructions, jhayz - http://www.bleepingcomputer.com/forums/t/511963/slow-start-up/page-2


GSmart, dc3 - http://www.bleepingcomputer.com/forums/t/583148/sudden-power-shut-off-for-no-apparent-reason/page-2#entry3767731



Edited by hamluis, 20 September 2015 - 01:44 PM.

#3 OphionHalite

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Posted 20 September 2015 - 02:02 PM


Thanks for the reply.
I know there are programs to check it's health, 

but my main question was if I could check it without having to open my laptop, insert it, configure it and then test it.
If at all possible I would like an external way to check the state of the drive.
I want to do this in as little time as possible at his home and not sit there for an hour.

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Posted 20 September 2015 - 03:07 PM

I don't think it's likely there's a way of checking the health of the SSD just by looking at it.  Ask the seller to give you a screenshot from the Samsung Magician software showing the serial number, total data written and SMART status.  All you can check externally are that it's not obviously damaged and the labels show the right part number, serial number etc.


#5 JohnC_21


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Posted 20 September 2015 - 05:42 PM

Get one of these adapters. It has two USB plugs if you need more power.



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Posted 21 September 2015 - 07:54 AM

You could get him to prove it's a 1TB SSD by plugging it into his desktop.

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