Kingston KC2000 1TB M.2 2280 NVMe SSD Review: Page 4 of 6

Posted by Damon Bailey on Tuesday, August 13, 2019 - 8:00am

Software

Kingston SSD Manager

Kingston® SSD Manager is an application that provides users with the ability to monitor and manage various aspects of their Kingston® Solid State Drive.

 

With Kingston® SSD Manager you will be able to:

  • Monitor drive health, status, and disk usage
  • View drive identification data including the model name, serial number, firmware version, and other relevant information
  • View and export detailed drive health and status reports
  • Update drive firmware
  • Securely erase data
  • Manage TCG Opal and IEEE 1667
  • Overprovision with Host Protected Area (HPA) (DC400 series only)

Kingston KC2000 1TB M.2 2280 NVMe SSD

The main window allows you to quickly view device information and health status. The KSM version number is displayed in the top left corner as well as a link to contact Kingston Technical Support. To rescan for devices click the refresh button. If you have more than one Kingston® SSD you can switch between them in the left panel. Switching between tabs is done in the right panel. The bottom panel provides the following drive information:

• Partition and disk usage

• Health overview

• SSD life remaining and spare blocks

• Temperature and power on hours

The Firmware tab provides the following drive information:

• Physical device path

• Volume information

• Vendor/Model

• Serial number

• Firmware version

If there is a firmware update available for your Kingston® SSD you will be able to click on the firmware update button to begin the update. You will also be able to view the firmware update release notes. Once the firmware update process has completed it is recommended to safely shut down your system and leave it powered off for 10 seconds before powering back on again.

Kingston KC2000 1TB M.2 2280 NVMe SSD

The Health tab allows you to monitor various attributes related to the health and status of your Kingston SSD (S.M.A.R.T. Data). The attributes with colored gauges next to them allow you to quickly monitor their status.

Kingston KC2000 1TB M.2 2280 NVMe SSD

If the Kingston drive supports security like our Fury RGB SSD, you can see the status of it here as well as initiating a Secure Erase on the drive as long as it is not being booted from and you have deleted all partitions.

Kingston KC2000 1TB M.2 2280 NVMe SSD

The Events tab contains an event log that records all actions since the application was launched.

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