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.
1) It's user preference really. If you don't have installation media you probably want to go for the clone.
2) You shouldn't do a traditional defrag on an SSD quite simply because it doesn't make logical sense to do so. The point of defrag is to help counter high access times on HDD's. SSD's have near instant access times - so by defragging it you put unnecessary wear on the drive for no good reason. Having said this, the built in defrag for Windows 8 is SSD aware and does a free space trim instead on SSD's. It does this automatically to a schedule so you don't need to worry about it yourself. But avoid third party tools.
3) No, you won't need the cable if you can hook up the source and destination drives at the same time to your system.
Got new "Crucial by Micron, MX100, 256 GB" and "Win 8.1" on my old computer.
Getting alot of crashes:
A TCG Command has returned an error.
It's not the heat. Checked motherboard, CPU, case and HD heats, they are ok.
Not encryption, it's off.
Can't update BIOS, Asus does not support P5B motherboard bios on Win 8.1 anymore.
Tried replacing the power and graphics card, still crashes.
Error occurred on several clean window installations.
Windows installed on IDE as well AHCI mode, resulting to same issues on both installations.
I used Booit Bare Metal to copy my images. You might find the trial version would do what you want.
I bought a new MX100 (512GB) for my Early 2011 17" MacBook Pro. Long story short, While the MX100 was connected to my MacBook I used **bleep** Utility to set up two partitions and I installed OS X 10.9 on both.
I booted off both volumes while they were on USB exterally, but when I put the drive IN my MacBook it fails to boot or even see with partition. Can someone tell me why? Is there way to fix this??
I don't think the problem is with the MX100, I think its with OS X or the MacBook, or how the drive is set up.
Here is the long version of my problem:
Can anyone tell me why I can't boot off this drive when I have it mounted interally? (Or why the Mac does not even see the partitions I set up when I have the drive mounted internally?)
I am looking forward to the speed increase! Just bummed out I can't get it to work internally
I used the included Acronis TIHD software to clone my Win8.1 drive image from my older 64gb SSD, using the bootable media method with the full-disk clone option. The clone operation completed quickly and successfully, all seemed good.
On first boot, the system hung at the windows 8 logo splash screen. Rebooted, made it through windows login screens, but after a few minutes individual apps began to hang and become unresponsive. Mouse pointer was always moving, and the system never fully 'crashed', but wouldn't respond to any input at all.
Rebooted, ran checkdisk which found several problems on the new drive, repaired and rebooted. System was again usable with no issues for a few minutes, before again slowly becoming completely unresponsive.
I swapped back to my old SSD, booted into windows, and ran checkdisk on that drive - clean bill of health for the old 64gb drive, and the system was stable again.
I made a second (fresh) backup image from the original SSD, and used the windows Acronis app to restore the disk image to the MX100 partion-by-partion (instead of the live-cd and "entire disk" method the first time), and again the process completed successfully. I did a checkdisk on this newly-created system partion on the MX100, and the scan was clean, no problems.
So I shutdown, again swapped the freshly-imaged MX100 back in as primary. It booted into windows just fine, so I ran checkdisk - scan was clean, yay! However, after 15 minutes, apps started freezing up again. Boo. I tried to run a second checkdisk, but wasn't able to launch it.
Waited 10 minutes to see if it would crash completely, but eventually forced a reboot. I made it back into windows where checkdisk scan showed a bunch of errors. I let it repair and reboot, and got the same results again.
So I'm back on my good old Kingston V100, wishing my shiny new Crucial MX100 would stop crashing my system