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Crucial CT120M500SSD1 120GB M500 SATA 6Gb/s 2.5 Inch Internal Solid State Drive
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Crucial M500 2.5-inch SSD
For Consumers | Transform the Performance of Your System
New interfaces and multi-tasking demands require more from your system than perhaps ever before. From connecting instantly with friends and accessing apps, websites, and playlists online, to simultaneously streaming videos and downloading files, your computer is faced with a new set of performance expectations that a hard drive struggles to meet.
That’s where the Crucial M500 SSD comes in. With speeds dramatically faster than a hard drive, the Crucial M500 SSD isn't just a storage upgrade--it's a complete system transformation. From its nearly instantaneous boot times, powerful data transfer speeds, increased multi-tasking capability, and rock-solid reliability, the Crucial M500 delivers dramatic performance gains--all at an affordable price
- Transformative performance: dramatically faster than a hard drive
- Nearly instant boot times
- Ample storage: available in capacities of 120GB, 240GB, 480GB, and 960GB
- Includes top-level hardware encryption technology
- Advanced controller technology and Micron custom firmware
- Extensive quality and reliability testing built into every drive
- Compatible with PC and Mac systems
For Business | Secure Your Data. Protect Your Customers' Privacy
Your data is your competitive advantage. Whether it’s the inside information on your latest product or your customers' credit card numbers, information in the wrong hands has the potential to devastate your business. The best strategy for protecting your sensitive data is to implement a defence that includes top-level hardware-based encryption.
The Crucial M500 SSD is a self-encrypting drive (SED) based on the rigorous standards established by the TCG Opal specification. Combined with applications like Microsoft BitLocker or Wave Systems EMBASSY Trust suite, our AES 256-bit hardware encryption engine (that’s integrated into the controller of the Crucial M500) allows the drive to operate at full speed without the performance loss that’s typically associated with non-SED drives using software-based encryption technology.
For All Users | Consistently Fast Speeds. No Exceptions
No matter what kind of files you’re working with, on a Crucial SSD you’ll experience high speeds with no drop in performance across different file types. Crucial SSDs treat all files the same, regardless of whether they’re compressed or uncompressed. While many SSDs on the market achieve faster speeds by using file compression, many of the most common file types can’t be compressed, resulting in SSDs that often deliver slower speeds than advertised. This is important because the files most people use every day - videos, mp3s, advanced graphic files and zip files - are compressed files and thus unable to be compressed any further. With a Crucial SSD, the specs we advertise are the same specs you’ll see in the real world.
Crucial SSDs. Performance You Can Trust
Crucial is a brand of Micron, one of the largest NAND manufacturers in the world, and we design and develop our SSDs in-house using state-of-the-art technology. This means: hundreds of SSD qualification tests, more than 1,000 hours of pre-release validation testing, 1.5 billion dollars invested in R&D, and more than 30 years of industry expertise. We’re dedicated to quality and your SSD has been designed with cutting-edge technology and has been rigorously tested and approved. Don’t settle for anything less.
Crucial SSD Comparison Chart
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Crucial M500 SSD
|NAND||25nm MLC NAND||20nm MLC NAND|
|Controller||Marvell 88SS9174||Marvell 88SS9187|
|Interface||SATA 6Gb/s (SATA III)||SATA 6Gb/s (SATA III)|
|Form Factors||2.5-inch, mSATA||2.5-inch, mSATA, M.2|
|Capacities||64GB - 512GB||120GB - 960GB|
|Compatible with PC and Mac systems||Yes||Yes|
|Consistently fast speeds across all file types |
- compressed and uncompressed
|Nearly instant load and boot times||Yes||Yes|
|Quality and reliability built into every drive: |
hundreds of SSD qualification tests and more than
1,000 hours of pre-release validation testing
|Available in capacities up to terabyte-class||No||Yes|
|Top-level SED hardware encryption that meets TCG Opal 2.0 and IEEE-1667 standards||No||Yes|
|Adaptive thermal monitoring||No||Yes|
|Data protection due to unexpected power loss||No||Yes|
|DEVSLP enabled for power savings when host system is in sleep mode||No||Yes|
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Allied with a download of Windows 7 from the Windows website (to avoid the OEM junk that came with the original disc) it was a simple matter to fit the item and install the operating system. What an incredible difference these drives make in terms of speed of loading on start up, subsequent use and close down. That speed up is, assisted, of course, by not having insalled the PC's manufacturers junk programs, AKA bloatware. It's like going from a biplane to a jet aircraft.
Hint, if you're going to do as I did, make sure that your keyboard and mouse connections for the exercise are USB2 ports rather than USB3. Initially drivers for the latter are not loaded automatically.
I'd previously used a 250GB SSD from the same manufacturer with a 6GB 2.13GHz P6200 dual core machine, and I'd thought that was fast in comparison to a platter drive of comparable size. But the combination of a beefier set of RAM plus this 1TB SSD is blisteringly fast.
I use my setup professionally to run various versions of Visual Studio and Sql Server alongside some fairly processor-intensive applications like TeamCity, and it doen't miss a beat. I also use whole-disk encryption. Even with the extra processing power that on-the-fly encryption requires, this drive performs flawlessly and silently.
Time for a cold restart of the machine on Windows 7: around 20 seconds. Time to open visual studio / sql server, etc : negligible. I can't even measure it. It's literally about 1 second max. With my old 250GB SSD, those times were ~40 seconds for startup, and 3-4 seconds to start processor-intensive applications like VS2010 / VS2012 or Sql Server.
In terms of reliability, my previous 250GB drive from two and a half years ago is still going strong and being used in another laptop. (That's actually the second rebuild it's been part of, so they're quite robust in terms of being pulled in and out of hardware and being subjected to complete rebuilds). When SSDs fail, however, I am aware that they fail completely rather than having a bad sector here or there. So I've prepared for the day when it may ultimately no longer work by backing everything up. But for a hard-working developer laptop that gets a battering day after day on intensive tasks I really can't fault Crucial SSDs for the sheer improvement in speed they afford. No developer should be without one. I highly recommend them.
I did a clean install of Windows 7, rather than creating an image to copy across, which probably got rid of years of drivers & stuff I don't need. Triple checked all the things like trim and, wow, what a difference.
Only thing is my motherboard doesn't have onboard 6Gb/s, just some chip handling it that, on Googling, is a piece of carp that basically runs no faster than the Intel 3Gb/s ports. Even so, it's was faster than before. I booted up with my old Samsung to organise the old files to copy across and, my god, was it agonisingly slow to boot. I can't go back.
It was relatively simple to fit, only took around 20 minutes. It has breathed new life into my 4 year old laptop, and means I can easily get another few years out of it before looking at buying a new laptop!
Crucial M500 240GB SATA 6 GB/s 2.5-inch
If you have an older Mac with the MCP79 SATA controller, this is the SSD to get. Any other SSD will work, but you're not guaranteed that it will run at the maximum speed of the SATA bus in your machine.
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