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.
What is the exact model of your motherboard? It seems the drive is connected to SATA 2 port in IDE mode?
I was trying to update my firmware for the m500 240gb drive i just got today, but it doesn't boot up correctly. One of the first errors i got after i disabled UEFI and secure boot was some linux files were missing or something.( I installed it with the universal usb installer that it mentioned)
The drive works fine installed in my dell 15 7000 series laptop, just cant get the new firmware installed. (usb stick is fairly new). I tried the Windows® 7 Updater Application, in hope that would work with windows 8, but i just got some error on reboot.So my question is does anyone might now what i need to do to get this firmware upgrade to work? I havent really been able to find any fixes or what i might be doing wrong.Thanks
Having trouble cloning any of my several Lenovo ThinkPads (T530, E545, T500) which all have hard drives with 512 bytes/sector to a M500 which has 4096 bytes/sector. Using EZ Gig cloning software, I was able to clone from the E545 machine to the M500 disk with no error reported in the cloning process, but the E545 was unable to see an OS on the disk (using Win 7 pro). Attempting to clone with EaseUS and Macrium both result in errors at the outset due to different sector sizes. Is the M500 incompatible with these machines and I'm out of luck? Or is there some way to re-format the M500 to be compatible with my existing machines/drives?
Thank you for any help you can offer.
I used HD Tune's Zero Fill feature for little over two rows and the read speed bumped up for the most part...
Please use this thread to provide any feedback for firmware MU05 for the M500.
Firmware revision MU05 for the Crucial M500 (all form factors) is now available. This firmware update applies to the M500 SSD (all form factors), and should not be applied to any other Crucial SSD model.
Visit this page to download the firmware update: http://www.crucial.com/support/firmware.aspx
Release Date: 03/25/2014
Firmware for the M500 (all form factors) is being updated from version MU03 to MU05. The M500 is updateable to this new firmware starting from previous versions using tools provided by Micron.
This update will be mandatory cut-in for new product built in Micron factories, and is an OPTIONAL update for any drive in the field. For end users, it is recommended if the user is experiencing or wishes to prevent an issue related to the following items.
Version MU05 includes the following changes:
Additional details can be found in the firmware guide