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.
Windows does not have to be installed on it, it is a question of are you going to use it as a data drive or OS drive (more frequent and natural choice for SSD, but not necessary). If you are going to use it as a data drive you have to initialize it only.
You should also check if the SATA mode is set to AHCI in BIOS (AHCI is the mode suggested for SSDs) and most likely install proper AHCI driver. What is the exact model of your motherboard and how are the drives connected to the system, to which ports? Is your MX100 connected with some USB adapter?
I'm having the exact same issue on a HP Pavilion G6 notebook. Warm boot OK, but cold boot (removed battery and unplugged power to clear charge) the drive goes missing.
The machine worked fine with original HDD, another HDD I imaged to as a test, and two different other SSDs (one Sandforce and one Silicon Motion based).
I am sorry for the issues that you are experiencing with your SSD and the dock. Unfortunately, we can only guarantee the speed of the drive as long as it is installed internally. The port hub you are using is most likely sharing bandwidth with several other devices and that would be why you are also experiencing slowness. At this point I would recommend installing it internally.
This is my second SSD MX100 and the software Crystal Disk Mark gives me reading values lower than what the brand claims, inclusive with comparisons with similar ones. Do I have reasons to be worried? Should I exchange the SSD that has 15 days?
I had an M500 that failed in my Lenovo T430s (Windows 7x64), and took that opportunity to upgrade to an M550. I cloned the drive and it all works ok (as far as I know) except Windows Search Indexing does not work.
The troubleshooter just says that indexing service is not running but it can't be fixed automatically, so no help.
When I try to check the indexing options it is all greyed out and says that indexing is not running.
So I pull up services.msc and the Windows Search Service is set to Automatic but not running. When I try to start it I get an error message:
I check the System Event Log and there are lots of errors there - with a couple different error messages:
The Windows Search service terminated unexpectedly. It has done this 40 time(s).
The Windows Search service terminated with service-specific error %%-2147218074.
I have Intel Rapid Storage Technology Installed
I have uninstalled all my IDE drivers and let them redetect
I do not have anything shown in my C:/Program Data/Microsoft/Windows Search/ folder at all.
I ran scannow and it didn't help.
I don't have Intel Matrix Storage Manager Installed
I am stumped - nothing I do can seem to allow my indexer to work since I installed the M550.
How can I get my Windows Search Indexing Service to work again?