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.
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Within 48 hours of installing an M550 512GB SSD in my mid-2012 13" MacBook Pro (latest version of Mavericks), I experienced the apparently famous random crash/restart, with no startup disk found on reboot until I powered down. I am posting a new thread, because I didn't see much mention of Mac OSX in the previous thread - and no solution! I considered returning the device, but I had already fallen in love with the speed increase, and actually, it hasn't recurred...yet. And I don't use the laptop for mission-critical projects.
But... doesn't there really need to be a fix for this?
It really shouldn't matter what software or drivers are being run - if they worked fine on the old hard drive, they should be reliable on the SSD. I just hope Crucial is working on a fix for this!
I am considering a 1TB SSD for my desktop, and at the moment, I am concerned about considering a Crucial SSD. What is the feeling about this issue? Thanks! - JW
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.
Also, the machine has the latest BIOS update.
Dell Inspiron 3874 desktop
Windows 7 Pro 64-bit
I've done everything I can think of and the MX100 crashes whenever it's plugged into the SATA on the motherboard. I've tried the following:
* clean install from recovery disc - crash at start of installation
* cloned the old drive with Acronis True Image 2014 - crash at login screen
* safe mode boot - crashes at classpnp.sys
It works fine when I'm using the USB to SATA that came with my Crucial M4.