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What is the best way to test/benchmark an SSD to make sure it's doing it's job. I invested in an SSD, have my OS on it, want to make sure I am getting my money's worth.

I have heard some people making claims along the lines of: "I've had my SSD for X months and my read/write speeds have dropped Y%'.

What is the best way to test for things like that (and what are good numbers to look for)?

For reference I have a Samsung 830 128gb.

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There are all sorts of benchmarking programs for SSDs. I would recommend AS SSD. SSD technology has gotten better over the last few years, so you shouldn't experience slowdowns for several years, certainly not in a period of months. You can benchmark every so often to see, but that is itself creating wear. Anyway, the Samsung 830 series is a good one, so you should be good to go for a while.

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