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.
EzGig definately uses a proprietary cable. Dunno about Acronis.
1) Macrium should work with a generic cable
2) Windows needs that, yep.
3) Doesn't matter
4) No - but you sure shouldn't disable trim!! It's only purpose is to make SSD's run better. There are no changes really - default is good.
I installed a 960GB M500 as a second drive in my MacBook Pro and had no issues that I was aware of. Hard to say for sure since I was limited to FireWire 800, but boot times and general system performance seemed reasonably good. I've recently replaced that MBP with a new Retina model that doesn't allow for additional drives, so I decided to use the M500 as an external drive in a NewerTech Voyager Q dock.
I don't have any particular benchmarking tools, but when I tried to copy a bunch of files over to the drive things looked snappy at first (in the 250MB/s range) but that only lasted a short time and then things slowed dramatically (15-20MB/s). I'm using a USB3 cable that I know to be reliable, transferring the source files directly from the PCIe storage in my MBP, and verified that the Voyager Q dock, while limited to 300MB/s, is compatible with SATA3 drives.
For comparison, even my old 1TB Seagate HDDs (I tried three of them) are delivering steady 100MB/s speeds in that dock. I also pulled the HDD out of a Thunderbolt portable enclosure and tried the M500 there with exactly the same results: starts out fast (in this case, 350-400MB/s) and within about 15 or 20 seconds slows to the 15-20MB/s range.
Nothing fancy about this, but all I have to illustrate is a screenshot of the Finder copy window and Activity Monitor:
Thoughts or ideas? This is completely unusable as is.
I carbon copy cloned my ex Intel X25M G2 160gb SSD to my new Crucial MX100 512gb SSD and installed it in my mac mini Late 2012 (i7 2.6ghz).
Never experienced before, now the system freezing up and getting the "spinning ball of death" for almost 10 seconds (maybe more) and than the system becomes normal. After few time (don't know maybe two minutes, maybe twenty, it depends) again freezing up and getting the "spinning ball of death".
Is that a Crucial problem or something as wrong in the clone process? Do I have to re-install my system to have the answer? The Apple Hardware Test do not give me any error, I went for a long test during the night and the verdict is: no hardware error at all.
Any help? I didn't find any firmware upgrade to try on the crucial... Am I wrong?
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.
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)