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
Crucial M4 SSD
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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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!
If you have a desktop PC and are looking for speed improvements an SSD drive is one of your best investments. Prices of SSD drives have decreased significantly over the past 2 years and you can now get a decent size SSD for below £150. I already have an SSD drive as my master drive (for Windows and core programs) and purchased this as a secondary drive for music / photos.
If you are installing into a desktop, be aware you may need to purchase an SSD mount on which to install it (couple of quid from Amazon). You simply attach the SATA cable and the power cable and start up your PC. As this was a secondary drive, I had to go into Windows Disk Management to set up the partition and initialise the disk (otherwise it will show up in your device manager but not in Windows Explorer.
Once you have initialised the drive, it will appear in Windows Explorer under the drive letter you assigned, and you can then copy data across to it as required.
SSD drives are silent, efficient and fast – so would highly recommend.
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).
+ 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 drive 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.
○ To use the drive to its full potential, AHCI Mode must be enabled in the bios, and motherboard should support SATA 3.Read more ›
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.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I needed to upgrade my laptop as it was falling behind in age! Purchased this and it speed up the company on loading a lot faster! big difference from what i had before! Read morePublished 1 day ago by Kelvin the Reviewer
Purchased this 480GB Crucial SSD in October 2014. It completely died July 2016. Data was very rarely written to it - it was holding a bunch of Steam games that were added when I... Read morePublished 12 days ago by Amazon User
Had this in my machine for a while and I love the speed of it.
Works really well, transfer speeds are good and very quick to load the OS. Read more
Very good product. Very fast and reliable brand. Makes a huge difference and will consider buying a larger storage size later.Published 15 days ago by Feed^me
This really reduces the boot up speed of loading Windows from nearly a minute down to seconds, and even faster if you boot from hibernate or sleep mode. Read morePublished 2 months ago by Maffysdad