Transform your system’s performance.
Dramatically faster than a hard drive, the Crucial M500 SSD isn’t just a storage upgrade - it’s a complete system transformation. Designed to keep your system up to speed with today’s multitasking demands that often require instant and simultaneous use of apps, websites, downloads, work files and more, the Crucial M500 delivers nearly instant boot times, powerful data transfer speeds, increased multitasking capability, and rock-solid reliability - all at an affordable price. The Crucial M500 also includes top-level encryption technology to keep your data safe and is available in capacities up to terabyte-class. Built on proven quality, the Crucial M500 SSD has passed hundreds of SSD quality tests and over a thousand hours of prerelease validation testing. Don’t settle for anything less.
†1 GB = 1 billion bytes. Actual usable capacity may vary.
Micron® Quality - As a brand of Micron, one of the largest NAND manufacturers in the world, Crucial SSDs are designed and developed in-house with the latest technology. This means four things: hundreds of SSD qualification tests, over a thousand hours of prerelease validation testing, 1.5 billion dollars invested in R&D, and more than 30 years of industry expertise.
Adaptive Thermal Protection - Greater thermal management enables the Crucial M500 to work with the host computer to dynamically adjust power consumption based on usage demands, which helps address the cooling challenges of ultra-small, thermally constrained systems.
Hardware Data Encryption - The Crucial M500 SSD offers top-level hardware-based encryption, enabling enhanced data security. Our AES 256-bit hardware encryption engine and TCG Opal 2.0 compliant firmware allow the drive to operate at full speed without the performance loss that’s typically found in drives that use software-based encryption technology.
Three Year Limited Warranty - From prerelease validation testing to ensure that our SSDs work with the broadest range of chipsets, motherboards, and operating systems to more than a thousand hours of endurance testing, our drives are tested for reliability from start to finish. We proudly offer a three-year limited warranty and award-winning tech support.
Capacity (Unformatted): 480GB
Interface: SATA 6Gb/s (SATA 3GB/s compatible)
Sustained Sequential Read up to (128k transfer): 500MB/s
Sustained Sequential Write up to (128k transfer): 400MB/s
Random Read up to (4k transfer): 80,000 IOPS
Random Write up to (4k transfer): 80,000 IOPS
Form Factor: 2.5-inch, m-SATA, and M.2
NAND: 20nm Micron MLC NND
Life Expectancy: 1.2 million hours mean time to failure (MTTF)
Endurance: 72TB total bytes written (TBW), equal to 40GB per day for 5 years
Operating Temperature: 0°C to 70°C
Compliance: RoHS, CE, FCC, UL, BSMI, C-TICK, KCC RRL, W.E.E.E., TUV VCCI, IC
Firmware: Field upgradable firmware
Product Health Monitoring: Self-Monitoring, Analysis and Reporting Technology (SMART) commands
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Reviewed by 26 customers
I bought the m500 480gb and put it in my MacBook Pro along with 8 gb of memory i also bought from crucial, best thing i ever spent money on.
My laptop is approx 4 years old and in comparison to newer laptops was looking pretty slow. Slow to boot, slow to start apps, slow to load browser pages etc. a techie colleague suggested a solid state HDD and so I did a bit of research and found the crucial website. Website information/videos seemed very good so decided to give it a go and ordered the 480GB drive and the data transfer kit. Also contacted crucial tech support who answered my questions and gave great advise. It arrived the next day, I followed the instructions, which were very straightforward and the data transfer and the installation of the HDD could not have been more straightforward. Booting the laptop now took 30 seconds. This compared to 3 minutes for the old HDD. The laptop is so much quicker in every way and I now have an extra 160GB of storage. Its now faster than when it was first purchased. I had been considering buying a new laptop and I'm so glad I didn't. This solid state HDD represents great value.
Installed as the only drive in a 2010 Mac Mini and now boots to usable desktop in 15 seconds.
I sat through the demo video and then found the fitting kit comes with different cloning software, which worked OK, but I was less sure of doing it correctly...
Instant application loading
Super-fast restarts/shutdowns/wake from sleep
Rejuvenated an Early 2011 MBP, better performance than ever before
It's too early to give an evaluation in terms of longevity or reliability but initial impressions are very good. This drive replaced another SSD so I wasn't expecting a huge jump in speed but I was pleasantly surprised. I ran the Blackmagic speed test and the drive maxed out the test!!!
The drive definitely runs slightly warmer than the previous drive but this is to be expected from a higher capacity drive with a higher number of dies.
Drive is fitted in a late 2012 2.9Ghz i7 MacBook Pro.
Made a 2 year old Sony Vaio 'like new'. Excellent performance, laptop now starts up in seconds. If you use MS Access db's, queries run 100 times quicker.
Didn't realise this drive would make such a difference. the computer is super snappy when opening programs, playing files, recording loads of audio tracks, etc. Should have done it earlier……not going back to ordinary drives.
My son helps me with thius sort of stuff, but so far it's perfect.
Only thing I would like is an VAT invoice!
When I enquired about SSD, I asked if I could use existing hard drives in raid 0. Crucial says yes, but I couldn't make it work. In the end had to use SSD as drive C, and 2x 500gb drives as drive D & E instead of Raid. Bit disappointed there. Also on line, video shows how to backup data (image)to SSD using USB. As no USB to SATA lead supplied (in PC kit) I had to back up using the SATA cable supplied in the PC kit. No big deal but it would be nice to have the USB to SATA lead.
Having trouble cloning any of my several Lenovo ThinkPads (T530, E545, T500) which all have hard drives with 512 bytes/sector to a M500 which has 4096 bytes/sector. Using EZ Gig cloning software, I was able to clone from the E545 machine to the M500 disk with no error reported in the cloning process, but the E545 was unable to see an OS on the disk (using Win 7 pro). Attempting to clone with EaseUS and Macrium both result in errors at the outset due to different sector sizes. Is the M500 incompatible with these machines and I'm out of luck? Or is there some way to re-format the M500 to be compatible with my existing machines/drives?
Thank you for any help you can offer.
I've got an M550 SATA that fails to be recognized in the laptop's BIOS (no boot, etc). The same thing happened about 4 months ago, when i just bought the combo. I had to format it in another computer and afterwards it started being detected again (lost all the data) on the E7440. At the time i tried the reinitialization procedure in vain.
Is there a known issue between these 2 pieces of hardware?
As the title states, it cannot be done.
It is clear from the "Introduction" part of the instructions (and in practical terms) that the update process is supposed to be done only from the firmware 02 or 03 to 05, but not from the 01... Is there a way to do so, I mean, update from MU01 to MU05?
Maybe it is just a matter of a two steps process, like from 01 to 02 or 02 then to 05, but I cannt seem to find but only the latest firmware.
Thanks in advance
Wait...... maybe I found solution.........
My motherboard has 6 sata ports, but SATA III works on two ports.
Disk was connected to SATA II port. When I make new tests I will show effects.
I've seen a couple of other cases where people have mentioned this.
By the way, there is a forum rule that we don't mention other drives or SSD makers by name. In any case, for those not familiar with the history behind these tests, there is a well known SSD using TLC NAND, where prior to the latest firmware release, the read speeds when reading old data appeared to be significantly degraded.
in some cases the read speeds for this SSD were reported to be slower than 100 MB/s and it was claimed that the difference could be seen with data that had been written only one month prior to the read speed tests.
The read speeds for freshly written data was still good with these drives and since most benchmark software writes a file and immediately reads it back again, most people were unable to measure the drop in performance. Now people are checking other drives to see if the same problem occurs in other makes and models of SSD.
Since I don't have Windows I can't run HD Tune with my M500 240GB SSD, but I do have some older files on my macbook pro and I can tell from the directory timestamp, that these files were written 6 months ago or earlier.
Using the dd command in the Mac terminal:
$ dd if=misc/centos/CentOS-6.5-x86_64-minimal.iso of=/dev/null bs=256k 1592+0 records in 1592+0 records out 417333248 bytes transferred in 0.962690 secs (433507465 bytes/sec)
The read speed for this file appears to be better than 400 MB/s.
The test using the dd command would not be valid if the file has had been cached in RAM, so would only be valid for files not read since boot time. I've checked some other files and got similar speeds. Perhaps I should reboot and test again.
This file was written in 2013.
$ dd if=misc/apple/osx/10.8.4/InstallESD.dmg of=/dev/null bs=256k 16927+1 records in 16927+1 records out 4437341116 bytes transferred in 10.484844 secs (423214788 bytes/sec)
Once again, the read speed is better than 400MB/s, so I'm not seeing any problem here.
I'm running Firmware MU05 on the M500.
$ smartctl -i disk0 | egrep 'Model|Firmware' Model Family: Crucial/Micron RealSSD C300/M500 Device Model: Crucial_CT240M500SSD1 Firmware Version: MU05
Hopefully others can test their Crucial SSD and we can get some indication about how common this problem is.