SSD Scope User Manual (Windows)


1. Supported Products


2. System Requirements

Note: You must have Administrator privileges to run the SSD Scope.


3. Getting Started

Please download and install SSD Scope from https://transcend-info.com/Support/Software-10/

  1. Double-click “SSDScopeApp_Win_v4.X_setup.exe” to begin the installation process.

  2. Select the language to use during the installation and click “OK”.

  3. Click “Next” to continue.

  4. Tick “I accept the agreement” of Transcend EULA to continue, or “I do not accept the agreement” to cancel the installation.

  5. Select a destination folder to install. The default folder is “C:\Program Files\Transcend\SSD Scope”.

  6. If you want to create a Start Menu shortcut, please select a Start Menu folder. The default folder is “Transcend\SSD Scope”. Otherwise, please tick “Don't create a Start Menu folder”.

  7. Tick “Create a desktop icon” if you want to create a shortcut on desktop.

  8. The setup information is listed. Click “Install” to begin the installation process.

  9. If your computer already has “.NET Framework 4.5.2” or later version, only SSD Scope will be installed (go to Step 10). Otherwise, a pop-up window will ask you to download .NET Framework first.

  10. Please wait for the SSD Scope installation to complete.

  11. Tick “Launch SSD Scope” if you want to run the SSD Scope immediately. Click“Finish” to complete the installation.


4. Status

Drive Status

Drive Status displays standard drive information of supported Transcend SSD.

  1. Select “STATUS” tab on the left sidebar.

  2. Choose a Transcend SSD on the upper “Drive” text box to view the Product Number (P/N), Serial Number (S/N), Firmware Version (F/W Ver.), Support Interface, Current Interface, Capacity, and Lifetime.

S.M.A.R.T Status

S.M.A.R.T. is an industry standard storage device monitoring technique used to detect possible hard drive failures before they actually occur.

View Information

  1. Select “STATUS” tab on the left sidebar.

  2. Choose a Transcend SSD on the upper “Drive” text box.

  3. Click the “S.M.A.R.T” button under drive information.

  4. The S.M.A.R.T. status will shown on a pop-up window.

Export Information

  1. Click the "Export" button at the bottom right corner of the window.

  2. Choose where to export the file.

  3. SSD Scope will create a .csv file of the current drive and system configuration in the selected location.

Firmware Update

  1. Select “STATUS” tab on the left sidebar.

  2. Choose a Transcend SSD on the upper “Drive” text box.

  3. The firmware version number will shown under the Upgrade block.

  4. If the firmware version is up-to-date, the “Download” button will be hide.

  5. Click the download button if your firmware version is not the latest one. The file is stored on "Transcend_SSD_FW_Update_Package" in install directory

5. PC Information

  1. Select “PC Information” tab on the left sidebar.

  2. The detail information of the current computer will be displayed in the window.

6. Tools

Performance Testing

SSD Scope offers a free tool for users to check both the sequential and random read/write speeds of your SSD.

  1. Select “TOOL” tab on the left sidebar.

  2. Choose a Transcend SSD on the upper “Drive” text box.

  3. Click “Start” under Performance block to begin testing. If you want to cancel the testing during execution, simply press the “Stop” button.

  4. When testing is complete, the read/write speeds of your selected SSD will be displayed.

Diagnostic Scan

This function performs an overall health evaluation of your Transcend SSD. (This function only supports SATA interface.)

  1. Select “TOOL” tab on the left sidebar.

  2. Choose a Transcend SSD on the upper “Drive” text box.

  3. Click “Quick Scan” or “Full Scan” under Scan block to begin diagnostic scan. If you want to cancel the scan during execution, press the “Stop” button.

Secure Erase

There are 3 steps to perform Secure Erase on Windows:

  1. Download USB boot image from SSD Scope.

  2. Boot from USB flash drive.

  3. Perform Secure Erase.

Preparation:

  1. An USB flash drive with a minimum of 128MB capacity. Back up your USB flash drive data first before you restore image to the USB flash drive. The restore operation will repartition and format your USB flash drive and thus the data in it will be lost.

  2. Transcend SSD Scope 4.0 or later.

NOTE:
1. Secure Erase is the cleanest and most secure method to erase your SSD. Therefore, we strongly recommend you to back up your data before proceeding further.Executing Secure Erase will permanently remove ALL data stored on ALL disk partitions of the SSD. Erasing a single disk partition is not possible.
2. Please DO NOT unplug the device or the power source during Secure Erase process. This may cause unpredictable damage.

Download USB boot image from SSD Scope

  1. Please insert a USB storage device to make a bootable USB drive.

  2. Select “TOOL” tab on the left sidebar.

  3. Please switch to the “Erase” tab.

  4. In the drop-down menu, select the drive letter you want to create a bootable USB drive.

  5. Press the “Secure Erase” button, and SSD Scope will start to create a bootable USB drive on the USB device you selected. (Note: This action will erase all data on the USB storage device.)

  6. After the USB storage device is created, reboot from USB storage device to start the secure erase of the local disk.

Boot from USB flash drive

  1. Insert the USB flash drive you created to your computer.

  2. Equip your SSD device on computer and turn it on or restart it.

  3. Click the “Del” button during startup until it enters the BIOS setting menu.

  4. Switch to UEFI mode and modify Boot Sequence for your USB Flash drive in BIOS.

  5. Wait for the Desktop window to display as shown below. The SSD Secure Erase tool will be launched automatically.

Perform Secure Erase

  1. Ordered List ItemThe SSD Secure Erase Utility will automatically scan all drives and list them in the main window as shown below.

  2. Select the particular SSD in which you would like to erase and click “Erase”. Confirm with the message dialog and click “Yes”. Secure Erase process will start.

  3. Once the Secure Erase has been completed, click “OK”.

  4. Secure Erase has been completed successfully. You may shut down your computer by clicking “Yes” and remove your USB flash drive.

7. System Clone

System Clone a.k.a disk imaging is designed for cloning the entire hard drive (HDD) of your desktop or laptop to a new Transcend solid state drive (SSD), including operating system (OS), programs and data. After the cloning process is completed, simply swap the two drives and reboot your desktop or laptop. Windows OS will boot up from the new SSD. This guide provides step-by-step instructions on how to clone OS from your current storage device to your new Transcend SSD by using the Transcend System Clone application.

ATTENTION: Please read the instructions carefully before beginning System Clone.

Supported Operating Systems

Supported File Systems

Hardware Requirements

If your new SSD has smaller capacity than your current hard drive:

If your new SSD has the same or larger capacity than your current hard drive:

Transcend System Clone will clone the entire disk (including all partitions) to the new SSD. Additionally, Transcend System Clone provides an option to Extend Disk to occupy the full capacity of the new SSD.

Please follow the steps below to begin System Clone:

Note: The current storage device will remain connected to your computer until the System Clone process is complete.

STEP 1. Connect New SSD to Your Computer

Connect with your desktop

  1. Shut down your computer and disconnect the power source.
  2. Remove the system chassis cover by referring to the system manufacturer’s instructions.
  3. Place the SSD on the 3.5“ Mounting Bracket.
  4. Carefully turn over Mounting Bracket with the SSD, and use the four included screws (small head) to secure the SSD.
  5. Locate the 3.5” hard drive bays inside your computer.
  6. Place the Mounting Bracket into an available 3.5“ hard drive bay and secure it with the included screws (large head). Make sure the SATA connectors are facing inside of the computer
  7. Connect the SATA data and power cables to the SSD. If your power supply does not have a SATA power connector, please use the included SATA power adapter.
  8. Power on the computer, and wait for the operating system to recognize the SSD.

Connect with your laptop

  1. Connect the dual end of a USB-to-SATA cable to two available USB ports on the computer.
  2. Connect the single end of the USB-to-SATA cable to the SSD.
  3. Wait for the operating system to recognize the SSD.

STEP 2. Start System Clone

  1. Please close all running programs before starting clone process.
  2. Select “SYSTEM CLONE” tab on the left sidebar.
  3. When there is one or more internal SSDs (connected with SATA) or external SSDs (connected with USB) with enough free space, the program will display them in Destination drop-down list. If the destination disk has partitions, you can see the related partition information.
  4. Select a target Disk from the Destination drop-down list. There are two additional options for your clone process:

    • Only Clone OS: Click this check-box if you wish to clone the OS partition only.
    • Extend Disk: If your new SSD drive capacity is larger than the original HDD, Extend Disk will extend the last partition to include the remaining SSD space after the clone process is complete. If left unchecked, there will be unallocated disk space after the last partition.

  5. Click “Start” to begin the clone process. During the clone process, the percentage of completion and time remaining will be displayed. Cloning disk will take some time.

STEP 3. Swap Your Drives

After Transcend SSD System Clone has successfully cloned your data onto the new SSD, please shut down your computer, take out the current storage device and replace with the new SSD.

  1. Make sure your computer is powered off.
  2. Remove the original hard drive from your desktop or laptop, and install the new SSD.
  3. Replace any removed covers and boot up your computer.

8. Settings

Users can adjust the following settings depending on personal preferences:


9. Troubleshooting

More Help

If you cannot find the answer to your problem in this manual and are having difficulty with the SSD Scope software or your Transcend solid state drive, Please visit our Tech Support website at http://transcend-info.com/Support/contact_form


10. End-User License Agreement (EULA)