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.
Has anyone ever had a BSOD named "Kernel data inpage error"?
I have a new mSATA m550 256 GB installed as my primary drive on my laptop and things were going well however today, everything just froze immediately as I was browsing chrome.
My mouse could move but eventually the BSOD appeared. I can't find the dumpfile because I assume it could not be written as the drive was disconnected. I say this because when it rebooted, the BIOS didn't recognize it as a installed drive.
Once I rebooted it again, it then recognized it...
The drive is pretty secure in its slot.. Unfortunately, if this keeps going on, I might have to return it.
Windows will see a 128GB drive as 119GB due to it treating a K as 1024 for historic reasons when the rest of the world has moved on to 1000.
Do you have a Dell? Some of them have a hidden media partiton that makes a mess of your drive size if you clone it.
Can someone explain me this mystery : high speed USB 3.0 enclosures, i.e. those supporting Sata III HDDs and UASP and which are told being good enclosures for SSDs are designed for a voltage up to 900 mA.
This is for instance the case of the Icy Box IB-U254U3.
But the sticker of Crucial's M4 SSD tells : "Rated 5V 2A" and all SSD that I do have are rated above or equal to 1A.
I also observed that common (mechanical) 2,5'' drives are rated 700 mA to 800 mA only.
A priori it sounds strange to me that SSDs would require more current than mechanical drives as all the marketing tells that their power consumption is lower. And voltage seem the same (5V) for both mechanical drives and SSDs.
So, my question : how can SATA to USB 3.0 enclosures accept SSD as they seem rated for a higher amperage ?
Until know, I only got answers like "it works" but no comprehensible explanation.
I'm aware that the power consumption of a drive can be below the theorical maximum, but what about when the drive is working hard ? What does the value of "2A" of the Crucial M4 SATA mean ?
Thanks a lot.
It's probably a sata port driver issue. I have that with one of my SSD's unless I use very specific versions of Intels RST drivers. Best bet is to try different versions until you find one that lieks your computer.
Almost all Windows sleep issues turn out to be driver related.
Few general tips:
- personally I suggest using manual boot file (iso) updaters
- you can try updating with both SATA modes available in BIOS (AHCI and IDE)
- the drive should be connected to first Intel's port if that would be possible (SATA3_0 on your motherboard)
- sometimes the updater works if the only drive connected to the motherboard is M4 - so you may try to disconnect all other HDDs and ODDs
On some systems it is necessary to use some intermediate version of the updater, I think you could try with 000F firmware - http://edge.crucial.com/firmware/m4/000F/Crucialm4_000F.zip