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 got a SSD ( m500) firmware 02.Im trying to update the firmware using the tool provided my Crucial. After opening it , I get an error."There are no SSD on your system that needs to be updated"
Can anybody help me updating it to 05?
Thanks a lot.
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.
So I bought 256 Gb M550 a week ago, everything seems fine with the drive aside from one thing.
When I start windows it typically dwells at 40-45 degrees C, but during the day at some random point it goes up to 60-63C in about 30 seconds and stays there, like it is being benchmarked or something. The only cure is to reboot or put PC into sleep mode, then it slowly goes to 40-45C again.
Windows task manager measures its active time at about 3% and also I tried to monitor processes with HD Tune, but found no excessive reads/writes on the drive by programs.
So the question here is - is it normal for this drive probably or any other reasons I am not aware of?
Also, please suggest any good SSD monitoring software to check it reads/writes and power consumption.
New M550 512GB SSD results in error "Critical_Process_Died" mostly upon lifting laptop lid. I'm prompted for my password as usual, but the error then appears and my laptop restarts.
HDD was cloned with Paragon.
System info attached.
Your thoughts are appreciated.
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: