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Crucial CT120M500SSD1 120GB M500 SATA 6Gb/s 2.5 Inch Internal Solid State Drive

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  • Faster than a hard drive^Nearly instantaneous boot times^Ample storage: available in capacities up to terabyte-class^Extensive quality and reliability testing built into every drive
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Size Name: 120GB
Technical Details
BrandCrucial
Item Weight5 g
Product Dimensions13 x 1.9 x 13 cm
Item model numberCT120M500SSD1
ColorBlack
Screen Size2.5 inches
Hard Drive Size120 GB
  
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ASINB00BQ4F9ZA
Best Sellers Rank 1,176 in Computers & Accessories (See top 100)
Shipping Weight118 g
Date First Available7 Mar 2013
  
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Warranty, Parts: Replacement parts covered under manufacturer's warranty terms for 12 months from date of purchase

Warranty, Labor: Labour cost covered under manufacturer's warranty terms for 12 months from date of purchase
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52 of 53 people found the following review helpful By S. Schofield on 19 Aug 2013
Size Name: 240GB Verified Purchase
Having worked my VAIO SR Series into the ground over the 3 years I've owned it, I decided to replace the HDD with an SSD to breathe some new life into it. At first I was a little sceptical about how much of a difference this would make, but I can honestly say that the M500 SSD has made a world of difference to my laptop. The startup time has been cut from about 90 seconds to only 20, programs start almost instantly, and the computer runs Adobe CS5.5 Master collection without even a hint of difficulty, something I could only have dreamed of before upgrading.

In terms of installation it was extremely easy, I purchased an OCZ upgrade kit with the M500 which gave me the necessary software, cable and enclosure in order to do a clone of my HDD. None of these items were included in the box with the M500, so you'll need to get them from elsewhere as I did. To clone, there's just a few easy steps:
1. Put the SSD into the enclosure and connect it to your computer using a USB cable.
2. Run the cloning software and select the source and destination drives
3. Sit back and grab a coffee while it clones the whole contents of your HDD, this takes a little while!
4. Shut down your computer and remove all power sources including the battery, remove the back panel and swap your HDD and SSD over (you'll probably need to find some instructions from your manufacturer on how to do this correctly)
5. Start up your blisteringly fast computer!

You can then use your old HDD as an external drive, or if you have any spare bays, as a secondary drive in your computer.

In summary, the M500 is an SSD that oozes quality both in its construction, as well as in its performance. It pulled the Hard Drive rank on Windows experience index up from 5.4 to 7.7 and has made a huge difference to my computing experience. I simply can't recommend it highly enough!
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35 of 37 people found the following review helpful By Mountain Kiwi on 10 Nov 2013
Size Name: 480GB Verified Purchase
This was the single best purchase I've made for my PC in years. I plugged the device in, configured it, then cloned my entire operating system onto it using Macrium (which is free). PC is now blazingly fast loading up anything. For example games and even Photoshop taking just a second or two from what used to be ten seconds plus. Great job Crucial.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By A. Camilleri HALL OF FAMETOP 10 REVIEWER on 27 April 2014
Size Name: 240GB
Before tossing away your ageing laptop, you might want to consider upgrading to an SSD. This could work out as a much cheaper option considering that the decreasing prices of SSD drives. I do feel that SSD drives in general are still slightly overpriced when considering the fact that these are now mainstream and no longer belonging to a niche market. Yet to be fair, it could still work out much cheaper than buying a new laptop or desktop computer.

The Crucial M500 is definitely a proved and tested, fast and very reliable drive. It is not the fastest SSD, yet it makes up for that in the reliability department. After all what is the use of having a blazing fast SSD if your data could be compromised. The controller houses an numerous capacitors, so in case of a power failure, there is enough juice stored to write the otherwise lost data. Another crucial factor is that the drive is fail operational. This means that if a single nand fails, the drive will still remain functional. On many SSDs if a nand fails the whole drive fails. This technology is referred to as RAIN (Redundant Array of Independent NAND) or "cross-die redundancy". (It has to be noted that SSDs use nand flash to store data).

Pros:
- Very fast and reliable drive
- Super easy installation
- Light on batteries (great for laptop use)

Cons: (Applies to all SSDs due to the large number of writes)
- In order to achieve longer longevity, indexing should be turned off

I have not disabled indexing on my drive. My system is on 24/7 and the drive has been installed well over a year ago. Drive performs flawlessly.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Scraggly Goat on 13 Jun 2014
Size Name: 960GB Verified Purchase
I bought this to replace the HDD in my 2009 MacBook Pro. It is listed as guaranteed compatible by Crucial, but when I install it my machine constantly suffers kernel panics. Removing it is fine again. It works OK dual boot in a USB caddy, but not in the OptiBay drive. Crucial replaced it for me in case it was the SSD, but the new one is the same. Reading up it seems there is a problem with some 2009 MBPs and SSDs because of the transfer speeds, but I haven't managed to get to the bottom of it. It's sitting in a plastic bag beside my desk at the moment. My guess is the computer that's at fault, so ignore this unless you are putting it in a 2009 MacBook Pro!
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73 of 80 people found the following review helpful By techpuppy TOP 50 REVIEWER on 24 Jun 2013
Size Name: 120GB Vine Customer Review of Free Product ( What's this? )
I guess there are two main reasons to consider upgrading to an SSD, one is the performance since a solid state drive will usually outpace any standard hard disc drive (especially the slower drives usually installed in laptops) and the other reason is the resilience since with no moving parts they're less likely to suffer damage in a portable device you're carrying around with you. It's worth knowing therefore that there's a big performance difference, especially for write-speeds, between the new M500 Series SSD's depending on which size you go for - the smaller capacity drives write data much slower than the higher capacity drives. All the M500 series are rated at 500MB/s read-speed but the write-speed of the 120GB (which is the one I have) is rated at 130MB/s, the 240GB is rated at 250MB/s and both the 480GB and 960GB are rated at 400MB/s. This could make a big difference with tasks like video-editing which consistently generates large files, so consider saving up for the larger capacity options if write-speed is a critical feature for you.

The drive unit itself is well-made and lightweight and comes with a useful spacer frame for installation in enclosures built for a standard 9.5mm thick drive. The sizes quoted in Amazon's product description seem to be for the cardboard box it comes in and not the drive itself - it's 7mm thick without the spacer and not 1.9cm! The SSD does get warm during use but never worryingly so, certainly less than most HDD's I've had toasting my lap. If they do overheat the M500 drives will automatically reduce performance and cool off but when installed in place of an existing HDD they should be fine.
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