A breakthrough in innovation, the Crucial M550 SSD is over 20 times faster than a typical hard drive* and consumes significantly less power. It enables your computer to boot up almost immediately, load files and programs almost instantly, accelerate demanding applications, and manage power so that your battery lasts up to 50 minutes longer.
Every manufacturer has ideas about how to deliver better performance. Some use file compression schemes, but those don’t help video, audio, or graphic files that are already compressed. Some steal system memory to improve a slow drive. The Crucial M550 treats all files the same, regardless of whether they’re compressed or uncompressed, so the specs we advertise are the same ones you’ll see in real world use: true 550 MB/s sequential reads across all file types.
Our engineers are relentless and passionate about the products they create. To deliver consistently fast write performance, they developed a more efficient and dependable way to write data called Native Write Acceleration. This technology spreads the drive’s workload across several elements, and links the controller, custom firmware, and flash storage components together, enabling you to achieve inherently faster downloads, saves, and file transfers.
Run your system longer than ever before - and use less power. Based on published specs, a common laptop hard drive uses 2.5 watts of power on an average workload, compared to 0.15 watts on the Crucial M550 (which is up to 94% more energy efficient).
If one of your videos, photos, or files happened to get corrupted, there’s a good chance it would no longer be usable. That’s why we’ve taken additional safeguards to ensure the integrity of your data. As a leading manufacturer of the flash storage components that go into SSDs, our exclusive multi-step data integrity algorithm is built into the components we use, arming them with four layers of defense against data corruption.
You probably save lots of sensitive and personal information on your computer - encrypt it and keep it safe. As a self-encrypting drive, the Crucial M550 incorporates the highest level of hardware encryption into the controller, allowing the drive to operate at full speed without the performance loss associated with software-based encryption.
Push your drive to the limit and avoid overheating, even in ultra-small, thermally constrained systems. The Crucial M550 includes Adaptive Thermal Protection technology, which enables the drive to dynamically adjust NAND activity based on usage demands. With this technology, the drive is able to maintain optimal operating temperatures, even when you overwork it.
My wife complained about her laptop freezing, so I took a look. In the dmesg for the system it had a lot of messages about hung tasks. A trivial amount of digging and I eventually figured out that the SSD was freezing.
I hooked it up to my laptop with a USB puck and I could only dd read out about 1-2GB of the drive before it would hang. I could dd write all the way to the end but it started off ~10MB/sec and eventually slowed to a crawl.
I hooked it up to an eSATA dock, and tried again, same result.
I thought, i'll erase this with the SATA built-ins.
I was able to run a SATA security erase with hdparm. I tried dd reading and writing again, same result.
I ran an extended security erase with hdparm the same problems persisted.
This is a firmware 22 drive.
I thought, maybe I'll upgrade the firmware.
I have no Windows machines available, so I brought my USB sticks to a friend's house to make an updater on his Windows 7 machine. It says it can't detect a device or something like that.
I sent all of this information in an RMA request but it's been over 4 weeks and no response.
Is there a good way to update the firmware from a Linux machine? What steps can I take now to try to get this drive working again?
I am afraid direct download link is no longer available. Filename you are looking for is crucial-m500.MU03.03.S0.iso. I can send it via e-mail but unfortunately I have no MD5 hash for it so I cannot guarantee data integrity. PM with your e-mail address if you are interested.
I'd like to upgrade to a 500GB SSd for my mid 2010 13" Macbook pro. Crucial came up recommending the following:
CT5417460 - Crucial MX100 512GB SATA 6Gb/s 2.5" Internal SSD
I have a laptop asus n550jv which I installed a ssd m550 is on the caddy instead of the dvd, and also in place of the hdd.
The disc is recognized by windos 8.1, and is seen between channels achi bios, but it is not listed as a device from which to boot, while there is a usb stick if inserted (although not bootable).
I disabled fastboot boot and secure.
How can i use my ssd?
Computer: Alienware - Aurora - R14
CPU: @ 3.70GHz CPU i7-4820K
BIOS: A-11, updated version
O / S: Windows 7-64 bit Home Edition, Updated
GPU: NVIDIA GeForce GTX 770 – SLI, Driver Updated
This problem occurred after installing the Crucial SSD M500-240GB, 3 days ago.
These same applications (World of Tanks and War Thunder) work perfectly from my C drive (SSD 120 GB) or my drive E (2T Hard Drive), but the system crashes (blue screen) and Windows 7 closes automatically when I try to run the same programs installed on the SSD Crucial M500-240GB disk.
Before writing this request for help, I did the following checks:
1 Checked my BIOS is the latest version: this is the case
2 Tested to the latest firmware for Crucial M500 SSD: no update required
3 Updated graphics card driver from the manufacturer Nvidia.
4 Verified and updated Windows 7-64 bit from Windows update.
5 Checked the file system disk F (Crucial): No problem found.
6 Made a surface test : no problem found
7 Format Disc F (Crucial M500-240GB).
At this point, I do not know where to look. My anxious to resolve this issue, so if someone on this board has experienced with this kind of problem, I would be very happy to know the solution.
Thank you in advance for any help you can give me.