You certainly don't need to keep it running all the time; you don't even need to install it to configure your SSD -- everything it does for you can be done manually if you know where to find the options in Windows (eg to make sure indexing / superfetch / defrag is off) and the steps you need to take (eg "overprovisioning" by creating a volume that doesn't take up the entire free space). And other tools (eg Reflect) can do a better job at things like migration. I went out of my way to make sure Magician doesn't launch automatically (I prefer to have as little running as possible), and I chose not to have it "optimize" things because I want indexing turned on and have no problem with superfetching. But I left it installed so that I can launch it to check total writes and health info (SMART data is unfortunately far from standardized, so the best tool for checking storage health is the one produced by your drive mfr).
I do want indexing and superfetching too as they work fine back when I had the Intel and now Crucial SSDs. Disable auto-launch and telling it to not optimize things can be done from their GUI or do I need to use dark wizardry like msconfig and/or registry hacks?
You may need it for the EVO caching feature (I don't have an EVO) but I would expect that's actually a driver-level functionality and while Magician may provide a UI to enable/tune it, it's not actually required to be running all the time. (At least, that would be the sensible way to design it but Samsung's software people -- like those for many hardware-first companies --- are frequently far from sensible).
The EVO caching feature sounds good and scary at the same time. Good in that the performance gains seem to be tangible. Scary in that this is most likely driver-level stuff that I don't trust Samsung enough to do a good job of it. Writing good drivers is hard
. I don't want that to affect the stability of my system. The currently running deal at the 'egg with the 500GB drive using the promo code is very tempting.
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