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.
I upgraded my PC 2 weeks ago with a 512GB MX100 that replaced my SanDisk 256GB SSD.
First I cloned the system to the new mx100, but the system acted strange, it wasn't responding after a few minutes.
So I thougth: "OK lets make a clean new UEFI Install of Windows 8.1 Update 1 x64."
I did, installed all windows updates migrated some mails an other files and began to install software like MS Office, Acronis True Image 2014 Family Pack, Kaspersky, etc.
After that the system acted strange again and I realized that after a few minutes the MX100 had 100% disk-activity. I searched the net and found useless tips like "deactivate Superfetch and such things". Nothing helped.
I thought that maybe a windows update may have gone mad or something. And because no personal files where changed at that moment, I made an other clean install. This time with less disks in my system to minimize the potential issue sources (threw out 3 120GB SSDs: Corsair Force 3, OCZ Vertex 3, Toshiba SSD 128GB)
The next day the system began with not responding after a few minutes. I had to reset my computer opened task manager and realized that the 100% disk-activity came back after a few minutes.
Because the last thing was the install of Acronis, I uninstalled that and the system worked normal even after hours.
I googled a little mx100 + acronis and found a few threads with the same issue, but nobody had a clear answer to what is causing the problem:
MX100 or acronis??
What should I do? Do I have a faulty MX100? I mean, I never expierenced something like this with my previous SSDs.
I sucessfully completed a replacement of my 5400rpm drive in my early 2011 MacBook Pro with the M550 1TB SSD as well as replacing the 4gb ram with 16gb. Everything went very smooth, no errors or issues. I used Apple's Disk Utility to clone my original HD onto the SSD.
Now I notice though that the CPU's seem to run a lot hotter with the fans revving to 6000rpm more frequently. Generally when not doing anything the CPU temps average at 140F. However when streaming a netflix movie while doing some simple work in my Parallels VM the fan comes on where it didn't before. Downloading a large file in the Parallels VM (while doing nothing else in Mavericks) also causes the fans to rev up and the temp to soar to about 200F. I didn't pay attention to the CPU temps before the upgrade but I do know for a fact that the fans would not come on as frequently, nor would the bottom of the laptop be as hot.
I tried a SMC reset but that didn't change anything. Any other suggestions or is this normal after an SSD/memory upgrade on a MBP?
Could anyone check it for me please?
You won't spoil nor change anything in your setup and you can uninstall HDS afterwards
I purchased a Crucial MX100 512GB SSD and fitted to my Windows 8.0 Desktop computer.
I copied the Windows image from an OCZ SSD.
Quite often when the machine booted particularly after hibernation, I got a blue screen with white writing beginning "(: Your PC ran into a problem.." The PC then reboots and starts normally
I copied that Windows image to a new OCZ SSD and it now works fine.
I then copied the Windows 8.0 image from my Dell Vostro 3500 laptop to the MX100, and after fitting the SSSD in the laptop, I find that I often get the same error message.
It appears to me that my MX100 is not compatible with Windows 8.0 Is there a circumvention to this problem?
I should add that I also have Windows 7 on the MX100 and that runs fine in my laptop.
Thank you for posting that Guru. I just used the manual update and it went without a hitch. M500 - 120GB.