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.
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.
I can relate to this. My M550 1TB SDD worked fine in my old laptop (Lenovo Z570), but not in my very recently purchased Fujitsu Celsius H 730 workstation laptop. I have the problems you're describing - SSD not detected properly in the BIOS, but I, like you have contacted my laptop manufacturer and they report that I have the latest BIOS firmware already.
SSD is listed in the BIOS after a cold boot, but not after a warm reboot. I've tried all combinations of BIOS settings but I can't get the SSD to the point that I can access it.
I have tested that the drive can be accessed when installed internally in an older computer. It seems to be newer laptops like ours which are having problems.
The SSD works fine in a USB3 interface, which is how I've been able to image it without difficulty. This is leading me to think it's an incompatibility with either the BIOS or the SATA controller that Fujitsu uses.
I'm not terribly happy as I'm now left with a very fast backup disk which I can only use externally.
I'm not sure whether to bother Fujitsu or Crucial with this incompatibility issue. Clearly, standard disks like the 1TB Western Digital Blue I installed instead (just so I could get back to work) work fine with the Fujitsu, and the SSD works fine in other hardware.
Good luck - I'm just going to wait this out until one or other firm releases a firmware update, then I'll test again.
I recently bought a Clevo W230SS with msata m500 240gb preinstalled. I have noticed that both Crystal Disk Info and HWinfo report really high temperatures, around 63C during internet browsing and up to 70C after 1 hour of Battlefield 3. Is it normal for this ssd? I mean I have 120gb m4 SATA in my old laptop and it's ice cold compared to m500, just a little bit over 30C. Makes me concerned whether msata m500 functions properly.... I realize that W230SS is a small and powerful laptop so inside chassis temps can rise really high during gameplay, but Crucial quickly heats up to 60C after cold start, so it's definitely not GPU/CPU that make SSD overheat.
Also Reported Uncorrectable Errors keep increasing, now it is 11BF0 (72688) instead of 11BE7 (72679). Also here is CrystalDiskMark test, is it ok or a bit slow?:
CrystalDiskMark 3.0.3 (C) 2007-2013 hiyohiyo
Crystal Dew World : http://crystalmark.info/
* MB/s = 1,000,000 byte/s [SATA/300 = 300,000,000 byte/s]
Sequential Read : 474.684 MB/s
Sequential Write : 184.641 MB/s
Random Read 512KB : 387.715 MB/s
Random Write 512KB : 181.924 MB/s
Random Read 4KB (QD=1) : 26.393 MB/s [ 6443.5 IOPS]
Random Write 4KB (QD=1) : 68.842 MB/s [ 16807.1 IOPS]
Random Read 4KB (QD=32) : 132.176 MB/s [ 32269.5 IOPS]
Random Write 4KB (QD=32) : 114.501 MB/s [ 27954.4 IOPS]
Test : 1000 MB [C: 78.2% (93.2/119.1 GB)] (x5)
Date : 2014/10/29 16:08:08
OS : Windows 7 Ultimate SP1 [6.1 Build 7601] (x64)
I have a m4 128 GB since 06/11. It was built into a SATA II system, and gave me perfect results for that "old" plattform. After I tested the SSD and everything was okay, I encrypted the whole drive with Bitlocker. I didn't feel any performance loss, everything was as fast as before. And Bitlocker supports TRIM.
A few days ago i built a new system:
i5-2500K @ 4.2 GHz
8 GB DDR3-1333
Windows 7 x64 NOT encrypted
I took the m4 out of the SATA II system, and installed Windows 7 on it in EFI-Mode. Then I installed all the programs i need, and run AS SSD to make sure everything is okay, before I encrypt my system again. The results were worse than on my SATA II system! Well, seq. read was better, but 4K-64K are too low.
with Prime95 @ 1 core:
I filled the drive to 95%, deleted the files and left the system idle for a while. Didn't help.
I did a backup, secure erased the drive, restored the Backup. Didn't help:
That's what CrystalDiskInfo reads:
I don't get better results in safe mode. The only difference to the system before is that I installed Windows in EFI mode... but that can't be the reason, can it? Any suggestions?
Kind regards, Dionysos