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.
Ok, I will admit that I have absolutely no idea what I am doing and am looking for some basic assistance in setting up my new Crucial MX100 SSD.
I returned the first one to the store as it was constantly causing me blue screen crash dumps whenever I attempted to do anything with it. Someone from the Crucial help line suggested that it may have been defective and to return it.
So, now, with the 2nd one installed, I am also getting blue screen crash dumps, so it has to be something to do with me or my lack of understanding exactly how they are supposed to function in the first place.
First of all, does Windows have to be installed on it in order for it to work? I was under the impression that it could be used somewhat like an external drive to store data on, so maybe not? On the first unit, I had cloned my main HDD onto the SSD and it was recognized by Windows as installed and ready to use. The only problem was that whenever I attempted to access it, I got the blue screen, so that was why it was suspected as being defective.
The new one shows up in the BIOS and the"Device Manager" so I know it is there, but does not show up under "Computer". I have also used the Acronis program and gone thru "Disk Management" several times tonight, following step by step instructions to no avail. Several times while accessing both Acronis and "Disk Management", I received the blue screen again.
My system is Win 7 and was new from the ground up as of Nov 2013. Also, two new HDD's were installed about 6 weeks ago and Win 7 loaded fresh.
So, what would be the proper order of steps and procedures from the start? Does Win 7 have to be installed? At what point should it be initialized, etc?
Any assistance in setting me straight would be greatly appreciated.
I know there are threads about this topic already. But I want that Crucial is aware of this issue. I builded a new PC on friday the 5th September. Until yesterday, the PC was working fine. But yesterday I was playing a game and for the first time with my new PC I got an Bluescreen and Windows shutted down. Then after a restart I became the message that there are no bootable drives available. In Bios my SSD was not shown.
So I turned off the PC and restarted it and still no SSD in Bios. Then another reset and there it was again and booted normally. Then I played about 4 hours without any problems.
Today I started my PC and immediately get the message that there is no bootable drive availabe. PC shutdown and turned it on again. Yet no SSD in Bios. Then I did a warmstart and there the SSD was back again. And since then I am using the PC normally again.
AHCI in Bios is on and the SSD is set to first boot drive. I also changed the SATA and even the power cable with a new one. And still got the problem.
ASRock H97Pro4 (newest Bios FW)
Windows 8.1 (brand new fresh installation)
I'd recemtly purchased a 1TB Crucial M550 SSD to be used as an external drive on my Macbook Pro late 2011 and though the Mac doesn't have USB 3, I run the M550 through USB 3 on my Caldigit Thunderbolt Station. However the M550 is incredibly slow both in read and write, for example transferring a 60mb file to the M550 took around 17 mins. Is there any solution for speeding up the SSD?
This is my second SSD MX100 and the software Crystal Disk Mark gives me reading values lower than what the brand claims, inclusive with comparisons with similar ones. Do I have reasons to be worried? Should I exchange the SSD that has 15 days?
I have Intel Rapid Storage Technology Installed
Make sure you have a new enough version of it: https://downloadcenter.intel.com/SearchResult.aspx?lang=eng&keyword=%22Intel+Rapid+Storage+Technology+(Intel+RST)%22
Old versions (typically supplied by computer/motherboard manufacturers and then not updated by the manufacturers as the model is replaced) can cause Windows to behave strangely with advanced format drives.