Samsung 850 Pro NVMe Driver

Here are the latest 64 bit drivers I could find on Samsung’s website for an 850 Pro NVMe. They (the .inf and .sys files) are from the version 2.3 installer. It may install for other SSDs as well, though I have not tested them yet. Instructions below..

The password is “nvme“. If you can’t find the download link, it is purring at you.

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Hint: Past Post.

Instructions:

  1. Install 7zip, if you haven’t already.
  2. Make sure you have a backup of your important files.
  3. Download the cute cat picture to a temp folder.
  4. Open the image with 7zip.
  5. Save the 7z contents to the temp folder, all 3 files.
  6. Open your device manager and navigate down to “Storage controllers”.
  7. Override Microsoft’s default NVMe driver with these from Samsung.

Reboot and you should be good to go.
Benchmark before and after if you’re into that sort of stuff. 😛

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Quote from their site (with the Grammar fixed!):

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Performance Boost with VeraCrypt?!

VeraCrypt – Free Open Source Storage Device Encryption
(with strong security for the paranoid!) – Their words, not mine lol.

Has anyone else noticed a performance boost in reading from and writing to a VeraCrypt encrypted storage device?

Let’s run some tests and see if there really is any difference..

Continue reading “Performance Boost with VeraCrypt?!”

Recommended free storage device benchmarking software for Windows 10

For free storage device benchmarking software, I highly recommend CrystalDiskMark. The interface is nice, clean, and simple to use. And the results are easy to understand!

You can even record the test results by pressing Alt-PrintScreen (after the benchmarks have completed, of course) to post to your website or blog for sharing and historical comparisons.

I’ll be using this program in my next blog post to test VeraCrypt’s (a free storage device encryption program) performance vs the same plain hard drive.

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Recommended drive diagnostic software for Windows 10 (with S.M.A.R.T. data!)

For free hard, flash, USB, SSD, and NVMe drive diagnostic software, I highly recommend CrystalDiskInfo. It sits in your Windows system tray and report all drive’s temperatures and S.M.A.R.T data.

It can also set off an audible alarm if any drive’s temperature gets too high (the temperature limit is adjustable). Very useful when testing new computer case configurations or new drives!

Serving up zipped files hidden inside images

I’ve known for years that this can be done, I just never realized how simple it is!

https://www.howtogeek.com/119365/how-to-hide-zip-files-inside-a-picture-without-any-extra-software/

Basically, you copy two binary files, one image+one zip into a single file. The result can be opened using 7zip.

I wonder if I can start distributing my utilities using wordpress images as a medium.. <cackle/>

Look for out of place images on my posts in the future! <hint hint>

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