WD Blue hard drives deliver solid performance and reliability while providing you with all the space you need to hold an enormous amount of photos, videos and files. This drive is designed for use as primary drives in notebooks and external enclosures.
Type: Hard drive - internal
Capacity: 500 GB
Form Factor: 2.5"
Interface: Serial ATA-600
Data Transfer Rate: 600 MBps
Buffer Size: 8 MB
Spindle Speed: 5400 rpm
Features: NoTouch ramp load technology , S.M.A.R.T.
Dimensions (WxDxH): 2.7 in x 3.9 in x 0.3 in
Weight: 3.2 oz
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I was able to upgrade the Notebook by myself without having to have special skills. I followed simple instructions I found in internet about how to restore a disk image. I also found a video indicating how to open the notebook and install the new HDD.
Still haven't installed this. Ordered it but Crucial was vague about when it might arrive. Ordering process was confusing as I needed it right away to install and leave the country for work so I paid extra for expedited shipping. They called and informed me that all HDs were sent in 3-5 days from someone else. Don't know if I ever got credit. As the online tracking could not tell me when or where it was, I bought another from Staples and installed. Then, miraculously, the Crucial one showed up on doorstep without warning or notification. It is still sitting in box as a backup. Disappointed.
I installed this HDD in a Toshiba lap top and
worked fine. Has faster data transfer rate than the old HDD and hold a lot of files.
I have a Gateway NV59c laptop, and on this site I have a compatibility guarantee for the Crucial MX100 500 GB SSD I picked up.
I used Acronis to clone the drive. When I hook it up via USB with the Crucial adapter kit, I can see the drive is cloned. However when I remove my current HDD and replace it with the SSD, the computer doesn't even get to the BIOS screen, it just shows the Gateway splash, says hit F2 for Setup, but it won't respond to F, it shuts off and restarts. Rinse, repeat.
Any ideas? I don't want to return the SSD, I want to get it to work.
I am very sorry for the issues that you have been experiencing with your HDD. It does sound like there is an issue with the drive that is causing the issues that you have experienced. At this time I would recommend contacting Seagate directly as they do offer support on their drives. I am sorry for the inconvenience that this may cause, but they will be able to offer better assistance and help you out with a warranty if necessary.
I think it is hard to tell for sure, you would probably get better feedback from people who actually use SSDs during compiling. I believe that (please correct me if I am wrong) that during compliling there is a huge count of small reads and writes and lot of seek operations, that is why it is rough on mechanical drives I guess.
The situation is different with SSDs, there is no moving parts and what wears out the drive are NAND write operations.
Modern SSD can handle hundreds of TBs of writes. Whats even better Crucial M5x0 and MX100 models use AD Average Block-Erase Count SMART attribute which is like small clock ticking to 3000 value, where in general 0 value stand for 100% health and 3000 stand for 0% health. So you can actually keep an eye on how fast your SSD is wearing out (in terms of NAND writes).
I don't know how large drive do you need but personally I like to experiment and evaluate - I would probably try to test it with one of my spare SSDs, or buy cheap MX100 128GB (that seems to be great drive by the way) that in the worst case scenario I could use in a different system
There is probably one thing you should keep in mind that could possibly (or not) affect SSD performance while using in Linux system. In general to maintain best speeds it is necessary to have TRIM working but I believe it is not a problem for modern distros and/or kernels.
I plan to replace my System HD with a Crucial M500 6GB 240GB, and my data drive (used also for P3D V2.2 flight simulator) with a Crucial M500 480GB. These drives are presently C:\ and H:\
Could you please advise:
1. Does the new SSD require formatting before use? I intend each to have only one partition.
2. I have EaseUS Todo backup software which can backup each of these drives. If I replace the old drives, using the same sockets, and then use an EaseUS boot disk to restore each relevant backup to each new SSD, C backup restored to C, and H to H, will the changeover be complete, with the computer unaware of the change?
I am running Win7-64 on an ASUS P868-V Pro motherboard.
Thank you for any help you can give.
Regards, Jim H.
Thanks for contacting us. Defragging can save time for the cloning process so you may go ahead and perform a defrag. It's definitely not necessary, however.