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Samsung Magician v.4.5
Introduction and Installation Guide
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Introduction
The Samsung Magician software is designed to help users easily manage the
health and performance of their Samsung SSD. In addition to providing vital SSD
health status information, Magician will assist users in updating firmware,
measuring performance, and optimizing the configuration of a Windows
operating system installation.
Samsung Magician software is developed and distributed exclusively for owners
of Samsung Solid Sate Drives (SSDs).
New in Version 4.5
Magician version 4.5 features a number of improvements over version 4.4:
- New model support : 850 EVO
- Improved RAPID v2.1
- Reduce the CPU Utilization during Magician launch
- Enhanced SATA Interface view and Over Provisioning
- Update Magician GUI and Help file
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System Requirements
Component
Requirements
Windows XP SP2 (32bit)
Operating System
Windows Vista (32/64bit)
Windows 7 (32/64bit)
Windows 8 & 8.1 (32/64bit)
Disk Capacity
minimum 95MB available for installation
Supported Partition Types
MBR, GPT
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The following Samsung SSDs are supported*:
Samsung SSD 850 EVO
Samsung SSD 850 PRO
Samsung SSD 840 EVO(2.5”, mSATA)
Samsung SSD 840 PRO
Samsung SSD 840 Series
Samsung SSD 830 Series
Samsung SSD 470 Series
Supported Languages
SSD
*Some features may not be supported for all models.
RAPIDmode Requirements
Component
Operating System
SSD
Requirements
Windows 7 (32/64bit)
Windows 8 & 8.1 (32/64bit)
Samsung SSD 850 EVO, 850 PRO, 840 PRO,
840 EVO, 840 EVO mSATA
Processor
1GHz or faster
System memory(DRAM)
2GB RAM or more
Free Disk Space
Minimum 50MB
File System
NTFS
*This is the minimum system requirements of RAPIDmode. For desirable performance, 4GB or higher
system memory is recommended.
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Driver Support
Chipset
Intel
AMD
Driver
Microsoft
Supported
Yes
Intel
Yes
Microsoft
Yes
AMD
Yes(With Latest Driver)
NVIDIA
Yes
Precautions
1) The SSD should not be removed or disconnected while SSD Optimization
or Benchmarking are in progress. Doing so could result in data corruption.
2) All parallel operations should be terminated before executing the SSD
Optimization or Benchmarking features.
3) Data corruption may result if the user terminates the Magician application
abnormally while SSD Optimization, Benchmarking, FW Update, or Secure
Erase features are in progress.
4) Using the Performance Optimization feature in Magician does not guarantee
performance improvement. Performance Optimization can only improve
performance issues related to capacity usage and fragmentation.
5) There is always the risk of data loss when updating SSD firmware. It is imperative that
the user backs up any important data before performing a firmware update either
via Magician or via the Magician DOS Utility.
6) The SSD may be permanently damaged if it is unplugged while the firmware update
process is in progress via the DOS Utility.
General Limitations
1) Magician is designed specifically for Samsung-branded SSDs. SSD-specific features
like Firmware Update, Disk Health Status, Secure Erase, and Total Bytes Written are
not supported for non-Samsung SSDs.
2) Magician does not work with SSDs connected via the SCSI controller interface.
3) Only MBR and GPT partition types are supported. Magician may not work with other
partition types.
4) Magician will not work on SSDs that are locked with a user password.
5) The user may need to manually refresh the disk list in System Information for
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Magician to accurately reflect all connected/removed disks.
6) Benchmarking results are for a Queue Depth of 32.
7) It may be necessary to manually refresh the disk list in System Information before
performing benchmarking or performance optimization on a newly attached disk.
8) The Performance Optimization feature relies on the ATA PASS THROUGH feature to
pass the TRIM command to the SSD. This feature may be disabled by Windows
XP/2003 if your SSD is less than 137GB in size. Microsoft provides a hot fix for this
issue at http://support.microsoft.com/kb/934205.
9) Secure Erase is not supported for Windows 8 and 8.1 systems.
10) Performance Optimization supports only the NTFS file system.
11) Over Provisioning may fail, even though enough free space is available, if your system
suffers from cluster misalignment.
12) Benchmarking may not work with some removable storage devices.
13) If User cannot span or shrink volume size through disk management of OS
administration tool, it is possible not to work dynamic over-provisioning properly.
14) When the IRST driver is enabled / Installed in system. Then enabling of Write cache
buffer/flushing in SSD may fail (OS Optimization).
* Also, when a specific or latest IRST driver (IRST 12.6.0.1033, 12.8.10.1005) is
installed, the authentication function may not work correctly. In this case,
rollback to the older version.
15) RAID on mode in SATA configuration is not supported by Samsung magician and DOS
application.
16) PC will be shut down automatically after firmware update (Magician counts down 20
seconds before shutdown)
17) Security mode (Class 0, TCG/Opal or Encrypted Drive) must be disabled
(unlocked) before removing and installing onto another PC.
18) Firmware Update may fail on Samsung brand SSDs connected to AMD
Controller.
Please retry using default sata ahci controller(Microsoft drivers)
19) Performance Benchmark may get timed-out on Asmedia controllers if the driver
does not handle multi thread operations (IOs)”
20) Always use the latest storage drivers. If user is using any custom storage driver, then
Magician may not function properly
21) Magician will only retain the power option that was tuned before installing
Magician. If user changes the power option after installation, Magician cannot
retain that.
22) If you are using any custom storage driver, then Magician may not work properly.
Please always use the latest storage driver or Microsoft driver.
23) While making a DOS bootable solution for Secure Erase or Firmware Update,
please make sure the Device Manager window is closed.
24) As Windows® 8.1 onwards doesn’t support the ‘Windows Backup’ service and
automatic backups, the System Restore Service in OS Optimization doesn’t have
any effect on Windows® 8.1 onwards
25) If you delete some files on RAPID folder, RAPID may not be uninstalled properly.
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DOS Utility Limitations
1) The DOS Utility is not compatible with pure SCSI or SATA NVIDIA/LSI/AMD chipset
drivers.
2) AHCI or ATA mode must be enabled in the BIOS during PC boot up.
3) The DOS utility may not work consistently on PCs with chipsets other than the
ones listed above.
4) The DOS Utility may hang if the SSD is removed on PCs that do not support the hot
plug feature (e.g. ICH5/6 chipsets).
5) The DOS Utility will not work with devices attached via SATA 6Gbps (SATA III)
operating in IDE mode.
RAPIDmode Limitations
1) RAPIDmode accelerates only one SSD even though user has several Samsung
SSDs(850 EVO, 850 PRO, 840 EVO, 840 PRO, and 840 EVO mSATA).
2) If there are two identical SSDs connected, RAPIDmode may accelerate the
incorrect SSD.
3) RAID Mode sets is not supported as an accelerated drive.
4) After uninstalling RAPIDmode, if the system is restored to a prior state in which
RAPIDmode was installed, RAPIDmode will be started in a disabled state.
5) NVIDIA Storage controller is not supported.
6) During RAPIDmdoe Enable/Disable operation: Do not disconnect the target SSD,
Do not kill the application.
7) F/W download and Secure Erase is not allowed in case of RAPIDmode enabled SSD.
8) If fast startup is enabled on windows 8 and 8.1 machines, RAPIDmode
enable/disable requires system restart. Shutdown followed by turning-on the
power will not activate RAPIDmode enable/disable. By default fast startup is
enabled.
9) Flush command of operating system and/or application may cause variation in
performance when RAPIDmode is enabled(especially when Write-Cache Buffer
Flushing is On).
10) Sometimes on AMD PC with AMD and ASMedia storage controllers it was found
that the IOs takes a longer time to complete. In such cases if Rapid was
enabled, it may get automatically disabled due to such IO errors. It may
display "Rapid is in inactive state". User has to reboot the PC to enable the
Rapid back.
11) If multiple iterations of Read and Write are performed, RAPIDmode may
become inactive due to system internal errors on some of the AMD /
AsMedia Controller or Driver.
12) RAPIDmode can't be guaranteed on the target SSD with non-NTFS file
system.
Operational Check of RAPIDmode
RAPIDmode starts its operation 45 seconds after OS booting. Please make
sure the increased size of non-paged pool using “task manager →
performance → memory tab” to ensure it is fully operational.
* Before RAPIDmode enabling
* After RAPIDmode enabling
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