SSDs by Kingston, Samsung, HP: three computers in one post

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Sep 18, 2020
Drv Size  Drive Identity  Location:    0      25%     50%     75%     100
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8a 240GB KINGSTON SA400S37240G       45.8   257.6    48.6    75.0    15.9
8b 500GB Samsung SSD 860 EVO 500GB  273.9   273.9   273.9   274.0   274.0
8c 120GB HP SSD S700 120GB          533.4   543.9   543.9   541.2   543.8

The 240 has been the only drive in a Win8.0 system for four and a quarter years. It was an in-warranty replacement for an identical SSD that lasted only six months in 2015. This one was driven hard by its first user, but has slowed down only for its second user. Looks like it's time to run Kingston SSD Manager, maybe update the firmware and oh yeah - make backups!

The 500 is two and a quarter years old, stuck in a SATA-2 laptop.

The 120 was on clearance for $20 six months ago. It is a boot+system drive for Win8.1, with non-Win data folders stored on spinning drives. Very snappy :)
Drv Size  Drive Identity  Location:    0      25%     50%     75%     100
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 8d 500GB HP SSD S700 500GB          543.9   543.9   543.9   543.9   543.9

Kingston SSD Manager reports the 240 has used up 97 percent of its lifespan, so the HP 500 was purchased today on special for $56 as a trickle-down replacement. The 120 will be cloned onto the new 500, and the Windows partition will be enlarged in the process. It turns out that 16 GB is much too small for a Win8.1 system disk trying to host various development and media editing packages. Then the 240 will be cleaned up from 47 percent full and cloned onto the 120, which may end up around 90 percent full. In case the dying 240 is too far gone, the 120 can take a shrunken clone of the 240GB partition on the Samsung 500. Finally the 240 can be sacrificed to the deities of firmware upgrades, just to see what the heck happens. Maybe it will stay useful as a rarely-written long-term backup medium. Notice all this is happening just as the annual backups should be encrypted and stored offsite.
@Aldo : If you can, keep the "nearly used up" Kingston around. It would be super-interesting to see whether a future SpinRite will be able to bring some like back to it! ... and/or restore its performance. There's some reason to believe that it might be able to.