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 run games from an M500 and M550 which are similar drives.
It depends on the game as to how beneficial it is. Games with lots of small files will benefit most as that's what SSD's are good at.
today I installed the new mSATA drive as second HDD in my Lenovo Yoga 13. But when I boot up now the bios don't find any hdd. After uninstallung the new drive the BIOS still don't initialize the OS HDD. Any ideas?
I recently purchased and built a new PC, a middle of the road gaming machine. I am using the Crucial MX100 SSD on a MSi Z97 mother board. The motherboard is set up to use UEFI via its' "Windows 8/8.1" setting (under advanced).
I started it up today and tried to install Win 8.1 from DVD but have been unsuccessful so far. The first problem I ran into is that it would not format a partition on the drive. Now it won't correctly create the GPT partitions, sometimes even refusing to create a partition at all.
I have been trying to use DiskPart to clear all partitions and start over but it is very flaky. Often I can run a command and then a second later the drive cannot be found. DiskPart will give me errors like "Unexpected network error" or it will tell me the disk is read only.
I have tried:
Cleaning the Disk both as UEFI and not as UEFI.
Deleting all partitions in the Windows setup UI.
I am taking a break from the setup and collection ideas to try tomorrow or Sunday, any and all help would be appreciated!
Have a Macbook Pro, 13 inch, Early 2011. Have had an M500/480GB in primary SATA position for some time.
Used to experience inability to wake from sleep (had to wait a couple minutes for wakeup), and I just ignored the problem.
A few weeks ago the drive would seem to lock up and start to give me errors trying to copy files etc. I could reboot and clear the problem.
It got real serious when I started having keychain file problems, cleared with a reboot. But at some point the drive somehow corrupted the admin account and I could no longer log in.
I then took the opportunity to reformat the drive, go to firmware MU05 (that took a week of figuring out how on this mac), upgrade to Yosemite, and migrate my stuff from a backup.
No probs for a few days -- but now back to its old ways -- have to reboot couple times a day when the disk seems to **bleep** out (cant write to it).
Had keychain corruption again so I created a new admin account, and moved my files again and deleted the original account. Started showing keychain file probs on my new account yesterday (temporarly), so I created a backup account to login just in case. Today has been pretty smooth, with only one reboot due to drive problems.
This is not fun anymore. Is the drive bad? how do I get back to solid reliability?
Thank you for contacting us today. Is this system used as a server? We don't recommend the MX100 for most servers due to the amount of read/write cycles these machines use. Our parent company Micron does manufacture a few models of enterprise drives that might be more suitable for your needs and will last a lot longer. Please let us know if you have any other questions or concerns.