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.
I think I would check for BIOS update. In one of your previous posts you have mentioned you have had installed Intel RST driver and that helped to lower the temperature of your drive. What version of that driver have you installed? The one that is listed on Lenovo support site may be to old to support this drive properly.
For the last two days, I have been trying to update the firmware on my two M4 SSDs to no avail. The Windows Update would not work, so I had to attempt the update by the manual process, i.e., that meant creating an ISO image on a USB.
Since my MOBO is a UEFI (actually my Gigabyte Z68X-UD4 MOBO states that it is a hybrid Bios-EFI, which is close enough to an UNEFI for me), I tried to duplicate the sucess of noted by basilisk on July 13, 2013. That is, I switched my SSDs from ACHI to IDEs, allowed for legacy support, classified my USB loader as a HDD, and switched the system to non-UEFI.
However, when I tried the Crucial Firmware Update, it tried to find my SSDs with out any luck. The program then searched for SSD. It found both of my SSDs but said that they were not eligible for update and ignored them.
The firmware on both SSDs is version 1. I purchased them three years ago as part of building a computer for my wife, so they are not part of any manufacturing package.
I have a Crucial M550 on my laptop since one day.
After install I have making a speed test.
The write score is verry bad...
What is the problem ??
Asus G56JR with SATA 3 on Windows 8.1
Tks for your help.
I believe this setting shouldn't affect drive's lifespan at all. All my SSDs are by default set to maximum performance (FEh APM value). Also there was a case where low value of APM caused low write speeds on M500 SSD so I think the FEh value is the proper one you want - take a look at this thread.
I'm having some werid issues with my MX100 256GB SSD.
I just recently built a new PC:
MB: Asus Z97-AR
CPU: Core i7 4790k
RAM: 16GB DDR3 1866mhz
PSU: Corsair AX760
Hard drives: 256GB Crucial MX100 SSD, Samsung 840 EVO 1TB, WD Green 4TB
OS: Windows 8.1 Pro
At first I was planning on using my old 64GB Kingston V100 SSD as a boot drive and the MX100 as a dedicated gaming SSD. But I had a problem with the motherboard not recognizing the Kingston drive and RMA'd it and got a replacement for it. Then I decided to use the MX100 as a boot drive and bought a dedicated 1TB Samsung 840 EVO as a gaming SSD.
I've had some weird issues with the MX100. Like when shutting down Windows sometimes reporting "unclean shut downs" and today my PC booted on its own and told me it couldn't recognize the Windows installation anymore. When I went to BIOS I checked my drives and the MX100 was missing there.
Mind you, I did install the Samsung SSD today so I shut down my PC and made sure I accidentially hadn't loosened the sata MB/power cables on the MX100. Then I booted, went to BIOS and the drive was there again. Did a few more boots from Windows without any isses. Checked my Event Viewer though and noticed that I'd had 24 Kernel-Power, 41 errors in the past 12 days since I built it.
So yeah. The PC seems to be working just fine atm when I'm typing this but it sure does seem like it's not A-Ok. My BIOS is flashed to the latest version and all my MB drivers are in their latest versions as well.