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.
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I bought this SSD with hope I can improve performance of my old laptop:
DELL Inspiron 1750 (Pentium Dual Core T4400 2,2gHz, 4GB RAM)
Well, I expected improvement.. and I am not disappointed!
I cloned my old HDD (using Symantec Ghost) it took 1 hour.
First boot and nice surprise - never seen Windows7 booting so fast :)
I had to measure it with stopwatch: 22.33 sec from pressing power button to Windows desktop.
All applications opening and working faster - even Office 2013 works flawless on my old laptop.
Best upgrade I ever done!
PS. Buy Crucial SSD 256GB or more - lover capacities has a bit slower speeds.
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?
I have already tried the settings mentined in this thread:
It did not help
If you're installing the M550 ssd on a Mac Mini you must put this drive into the orginal slot where the old hard drive was and use the Apple cable.
If you don't do this you won't be able to install OSX Mavericks by any method and will get the no entry sign. Do this right first time so you don't have to take the Mac mini apart again.
You don't need any third party trim enabler.
It works like a dream when you get it right.
I have problem with new SSD Crucial M500 on new notebook HP 250 G3 (J0Y29EA).
Notebook has Windows 8.1 and latest BIOS.
I want to replace HDD with SSD.
So I created 4 DVDs with "HP Recovery Media Creation". ###Very good idea here.
Then I format SSD in Disk Management on Windows 7 desktop. ###Partition table you created was MBR or GPT?
Then I shutdown the notebook, replace HDD with SSD, disable Secure Boot in BIOS and boot from the first DVD. Some kind of Windows system came up and showed message that no disk was found. ###Secure boot disabled - great idea. But what about UEFI or Legacy boot? Which one was used?
I have Windows 8.1 DVD so I tried boot from it. Everything was ok but there was nothing to choose in disk/partition dialog (dialog where I want to install system). I tried to load some drivers from USB flash drive but with no success (maybe wrong drivers). I tried this with Secure Boot disabled and enabled, Legacy mode disabled/enabled. No success. I also tried run console (shift+F10) and list disks in diskpart with message "There are no fixed disks to show". No success.
I tried old SSD Crucial M4 from desktop in notebook and system from this old SSD (Windows 7) boot up in seconds (Legacy mode enabled). ###This would result in MBR partition table and MBR boot, the default for Win 7.
I let the old SSD in notebook and boot from Windows 8.1 DVD and it was shown in disk/partition dialog.
I put the new SSD back in notebook and tried to boot from Windows 7 DVD. New SSD was shown in disk/partition dialog. Installation was completed and Windows 7 boot from new SSD in seconds. ###Correct drivers on Win 7 DVD I bet.
I let the new SSD in notebook boot from Windows 8.1 DVD and no disk was shown to choose.
I tried boot from bootable recovery CD based on Windows 7 and the new SSD was shown in somelike disk manager. I tried boot from ubuntu recovery USB flash drive and the SSD shown too. ###Linux sees everything! Much better than Windows in this respect!
I tried combinations with MBR and GPT on new SSD with no success. ###See below.
It looks for me like Windows 8.1 doesn't like Crucial M500
So I test another Crucial M500 and same results.
Does anyone have any suggestions?
Hello Door43 - One rule as far as BIOS settings and the disk's partition table are concerned. If your BIOS is set to UEFI boot enabled then the disk should have a GPT type partition table on it. If your BIOS is set to Legacy boot enabled then the disk should have a MBR type partition table on it. If you try a cross-combination, your BIOS may not recognize the disk as being a bootable device. So you have to match the BIOS setting to the disk's existing partition table, or install a partition table on the disk to match the existing BIOS setting.
Also, booting your installation media with the wrong BIOS setting/partition table combination usually results in a failed installation or a non-bootable system. This is because the bootloader gets installed to the wrong location on the disk (MBR area of the disk vs. EFI system partition). I found this out the hard way trying to install Linux MInt on a laptop with an existing Win 8 OS on it using UEFI boot. I had the BIOS set to Legacy when I booted the USB flash drive to begin installation.
Your idea to disable Secure Boot is excellent. Do not try enabling Secure Boot until after you succeed with your installation.
Drivers are another issue. It appears your Win 7 installation media has drivers that work, and your Win 8 installation media does not. You might want to try using the Intel RST drivers in place of whatever the Win 8 installation media has on it. I'm not 100% sure how to do this either before or during the installation, so maybe another forum member can explain how. Here's a link to Intel's download center: https://downloadcenter.intel.com/SearchResult.aspx?lang=eng&keyword=%22Intel+Rapid+Storage+Technology+%28Intel+RST%29%22
4x 64 gb c300, FW 0006, lsi raid card, no caching, in windows or on the card: