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 am sorry for the issues that you have been experiencing with your SSD. There's a few things we can try to rule out a few issues and then we can go from there if you are still having problems.
1. Are you using the little bracket the SSD came with that makes the SSD 9.5mm instead of the 7mm of the drive? Mac systems can be a bit picky with the connection and that 1.5mm is enough wiggle room to cause a bad connection between the system and the drive. If the bracket is not on the drive please try that first.
2. Try a PRAM reset with the drive installed.
3. Try deleting all the partitions and installing just one partition with the OS.
If you are still having issues after these steps, please let us know and we would be happy to look into this further.
After migration from an existing SSD, Win8.1 hangs withing minutes of launch. After forcing a hard reboot, data is often corrupted.
Could anyone check it for me please?
You won't spoil nor change anything in your setup and you can uninstall HDS afterwards
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)
Just had another freeze. My AV scanner started its scheduledwhile I had a movie playing. Video chopped for 2-3 seconds, noise looped and the system froze. The scheduled scan was setup recently so was not presented before today's crash. I am going to remove the AV just incase the passive shields cause issues.