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.
installed it and put windows 8 Pro on it. ran fine. Had a wd velociraptor on it as well with w8 regular on it. I could boot no issue to either one no problem. Ran it for maybe 3 days and then came home one afternoon and machine was off I think. whatever it did it wasnt working.
I restarted it and it would hang up. windows screen would load and then go away and my mouse pointer finally would shot up and I could move it but nothing else would show up on the screen.
I couldnt restore the system, I couldnt repair or refresh it either
I managed to get the other drive with W8 plain to boot and run like normal.
then I removed the ssd and installed on different machine. tried to do a fresh install...still no luck. same issues.
is this thing toast already? thats a disapointment
I noticed when the SSD was still in computer and I clicked on "this computer" and it brought up all the drives the Crucuial was red
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Just tried updating firmware on M500 which is install in my MacBook Pro. I'm not sure it worked. When booting from cd system began to boot and screen went blank
After shutting system down and rebooting it booted from HD but, I have no way of telling if the firmware update worked or not.
Any have a way of checking firmware version while in OS X? BTW, using version 10.10.1 of OS X.
I have installed the Crucial M550 256GB M.2 on a MSI Z97 XPower motherboard with latest bios 1.3. It is being used as a gaming drive which is seperate from another SSD which has the os installed on it.
Anyway problem is this, whenever the comp goes to sleep and then resumes from sleep the M550 dissapears??? it is no longer present under windows explorer and all the game icons on the desktop that are installed under Steam (Steam is installed on the M550) just appear as blank white icons on the desktop. I need to do a complete shutdown and turn off the main power to the system then power back on for the drive to become recognised again. If I just do a system reboot the drive is still not seen in both windows and the bios.
I have tried enabeling SATA hot plug support for the SATA 5 port the drive is installed on and although that did help in as much as sometimes now the drive is still there and seen after resuming from sleep it has not fixed the issue because it still dissapears from time to tim after resuming from sleep.
Is this a firmware issue with the drive???????
I also have a M500 480GB SSD in the system and have no problems with it at all it's just the M550 M.2 drive that seems to have all the problems at the moment.
Any help would be appreciated. Thanks.
I'd appreciate some thoughts.
Currently used for test & dev - I have a couple of R520s which could really use some extra IOPS. There are lots of expensive SAN options available of course, but I am pretty sure we could substantially speed things up by swapping out the spinning iron for some 1TB MX550 SSDs.
The I in RAID is supposed to stand for "Inexpensive" but not where Dell server-grade SSDs are concerned. We have 6 slots available for this RAID array with 5 active and 1 standby.
Is it a very bad idea to drop in 6 x 1TB MX550s in the same 5-active 1-standby configuration? Possibly with a couple of spares on the shelf to swap in in the event of a failure?
I realise of course that these drives won't stand up very high R/W operations over a long period, but these machines don't typically run that kind of usage.