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.
Thanks for mentioning this. This was raised in another thread, but perhaps ignored because most people are using windows and some people have seen a drop in 4K perfomance with MU05.
The specific references were:
Do any experts here know why my 1TB trips up after an overnight data copy ? This is my second time and a brand new SSD. All I do is pop the crucial M550 SSD in a metallic HDD 2.5" case, start copying data overnight and by morning all LED's(activity and power both) are continuously lit up(instead of the activity LED blinking/off) on the HDD case suggesting the disk is not usable.
When I reconect using an external power supply SATA/USD cable, it shows up but cannot be initialised/formatted/erased- I tried on both MAC and PC disk manager utilities. The disk unmounts at the time of formatting and pops back in after a few seconds as unformatted and therefore ununsable.
I tried checking SMART status using Crystal Disk Info and HDD Scan 3.3, both are unable to display any details for this SSD while forum users are able to use these tools to query SMART status.
I have used the same HDD case with 2.5" HDD's in the past and never had any trouble. Is it something to do with overheating/ power-supply ? Any pointers are greatly appreciated as I this is my second M550 1TB going down with the same issue.
Question: Is there a handy manual for beep codes on the M550 ? I can hear faint beeps emanating from the M550 and it's about 4 long beeps, this continues until power-down. Sometimes the beeps stop after extended periods of being powered-up.
Last week I purchased a new M550, popped it into a metallic 2.5" HDD case, initialised it to ExFAT FS and started pumping data into it from my NAS. The copy over was going to take about 4 hours over wireless, so left it running.
I shutdown the computer after the copy dialog closed down but did not verify that the copy was actually succesful.
The next morning, I tried booting up the SSD but it wouldn't power-up. The activity indicator LED was continuously glowing on the HDD case which outright suggested something was not right. I then popped it out of the case, plugged it into a USB-SATA interface with external power supply and that didn't detect it too.
I have tried multiple power down cycles and still does not help.
Is this a possible thermal trip? My M550 is totally unusable.
Thanks for any help!
Minor Update, after a failed boot and failed windows repaired it booted. Not sure for how long but Cruicial driver is Microsoft 6.1.7600.16385. Will update with Additional Info.
IDE Driver is NVIDIA 188.8.131.52
I cloned the recovery partition from my old hard drive onto the MX100, then proceeded to perform the recovery to factory state (Windows 7, drives install etc...) on the notebook.
Everything worked fine, but now my cpu runs MUCH hotter than before with the 5400rpm 500GB HD. It used to idle around 35C and under full load would be around 45-48C and sometimes cross into the 50's; now it idles around 49C and is around 58C most of the time and gets up to high 60's - 70's under full load. I installed newer Intel Rapid Storage AHCI Drivers (184.108.40.2060) but it didn't change anything. The Fan pretty much runs all the time now where before it would cycle on and off more.
What the heck is going on?
Laptop is a ASUS UL30VT-A1