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.
Hi, New to SSD. I installed Win7 64 bit on MX100. When it rebooted for the first time, it said hardware not compatible. I ended up setting the RAID function to ACHI and was able to install OS and get the SSD working. However with ACHI mode instead of RAID, I cannot use the existing RAID array in my computer. How do I get both of them to play nice together? I have an Asus Rampage Extreme LGA 775 Intel X48 motherboard. Was I supposed to add the RAID driver in during Win7 installation? I remember doing that years ago... I hope this is enough info to get some help. Thanks for reading! If I do need to add the RAID driver, during Win 7 installation, will that setup a NEW RAID? As in wiping out the existing data?
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My wife complained about her laptop freezing, so I took a look. In the dmesg for the system it had a lot of messages about hung tasks. A trivial amount of digging and I eventually figured out that the SSD was freezing.
I hooked it up to my laptop with a USB puck and I could only dd read out about 1-2GB of the drive before it would hang. I could dd write all the way to the end but it started off ~10MB/sec and eventually slowed to a crawl.
I hooked it up to an eSATA dock, and tried again, same result.
I thought, i'll erase this with the SATA built-ins.
I was able to run a SATA security erase with hdparm. I tried dd reading and writing again, same result.
I ran an extended security erase with hdparm the same problems persisted.
This is a firmware 22 drive.
I thought, maybe I'll upgrade the firmware.
I have no Windows machines available, so I brought my USB sticks to a friend's house to make an updater on his Windows 7 machine. It says it can't detect a device or something like that.
I sent all of this information in an RMA request but it's been over 4 weeks and no response.
Is there a good way to update the firmware from a Linux machine? What steps can I take now to try to get this drive working again?
I'm having the exact same issue on a HP Pavilion G6 notebook. Warm boot OK, but cold boot (removed battery and unplugged power to clear charge) the drive goes missing.
The machine worked fine with original HDD, another HDD I imaged to as a test, and two different other SSDs (one Sandforce and one Silicon Motion based).
I have already tried the settings mentined in this thread:
It did not help