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 have installed my new M550 in the SATA3 (6GB/s) port of the MB, with a SATA3 cable (6GB/s), with AHCI, and I'm getting 366 MB/s sequential read and 226 MB/s sequential write, very far from the 550 MB/s or similar expected.
Could anyone help me, what am I doing wrong?
Thanks in advance
My recently-purchased M500 (960Gb) firmware is MU02, and I suppose that it is advisable to upgrade to MU03.
The M500 SSD is instaled inside a late-2011 17" Macbook Pro, in the main bay. In the optical bay I still have the original 240-GB SSD, which contains both OSX Mountain Lion and Windows 7 Pro 64 bit (on the Bootcamp partition).
The M500 is currently used as a data-only superfast storage (I make multichannel audio recording ad processing).
It does not contain any OS, and is currenty formatted as an old-style NTFS volume with MBR (no GUID) for maximum reliability (my previous attempt to use exFAT was definitely unreliable, OSX was continuosuly damaging it).
I see that for Mac computes the recommended procedure is to install the firmware upgrade after booting up the machine from an USB stick, where a special Linux distro is installed form the ISO file which I did already download form the Crucial Support web site.
However, I wonder if, in my case, it would be simpler (and safer) to employ the Windows 7 Firmware Update Utility which I did also download from the Curcial web site.
What of the two approaches do you recommend?
Angelo Farina, ITALY
I got a mSATA M4 here and "Power on hours" smart value won't update. I updated firmware, tried garbage collection and looked around but nothing..
What's weird is : while i let it run for hours in bios, after restart, these hours were counted. However in Windows nothing's counted. Changed power settings but no luck.
I've read that Crucial SSD had issues with haswell platworm (my laptop is one if them) so i plugged another non sata M4 SSD with its last firmware and it updates! I don't get it..
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
Got an Aspire S7 there but it comes with no hard drive. I'm looking at replacements and the one the S7 comes with is the
CMT-256L3M from Lite-On but i can only find them from China and don't want to wait that long. Would there by any compatibility issues if i just bought the M550 mSATA drive from Crucial?