Crucial CT256M4SSD3 256GB M4 SATA III 6Gb/s mSATA MLC Internal SSD
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- Powerful SSD performance in a tiny mSATA form factor
- Ultrathin form factor provides lightweight mobility
- Features blazing-fast speeds – up to 500MB/s sequential reads
- Treats compressed and uncompressed files the same, resulting in consistently fast speeds
- Validated for Intel® Smart Response technology
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Award-winning performance. Tiny form factor.
The Crucial m4 mSATA SSD delivers all of the award-winning performance and reliability of the Crucial m4 SSD – in a drive that's an eighth of the size. Measuring in at about one-third the size of a standard business card (3cm x 5cm), the Crucial m4 mSATA is designed primarily for ultrathin laptop users who want to dramatically increase their system's performance. Featuring the same advanced controller technology, Micron custom firmware and high-speed synchronous MLC NAND that have made the Crucial m4 SSD a mainstay on the market, the Crucial m4 mSATA SSD is engineered to deliver the same blazing-fast performance as our award-winning 2.5-inch SSD – in a smaller mSATA form factor.</br>
Ultrathin form factor means flexibility. Because of its tiny mSATA form factor, the Crucial m4 mSATA SSD can do things that hard drives and other SSDs often can't. With the Crucial m4 mSATA SSD, save valuable system space by mounting it directly to the mSATA socket on your motherboard – and free up a hard drive bay in the process. Or just keep your existing hard drive and use the Crucial m4 mSATA SSD as a cache to accelerate the system's performance. Validated for Intel® Smart Response Technology and NVELO Dataplex™ caching software, it's designed to work as a cache or as a standalone SSD for ultrathin laptops. No matter how you use the Crucial m4 mSATA SSD, experience high-performance storage in a tiny, low-power package.
Consistently fast speeds. No exceptions and no fine print. There's a reason that Crucial SSDs have garnered numerous international awards – they do what they're supposed to do. No matter what kind of files you're working with on a Crucial SSD, you'll experience high speeds with no drop in performance.
Unlike other SSDs on the market, Crucial SSDs treat all files the same, regardless of whether they're compressed or uncompressed. This is important because the files most people use everyday – videos, mp3s, advanced graphics files and zip files – are compressed files and thus unable to be compressed any further. 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 drastically slower speeds than originally advertised. With the advanced technology of a Crucial SSD, however, our advertised speeds are tied to real world use.</br>
Crucial - quality you can depend on. Crucial is a trusted name when it comes to SSDs, and that's no coincidence. As a brand of Micron, one of the world's leading manufacturers of SSDs, Crucial engineers work tirelessly to design, refine, and support a powerful line of SSDs.
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Unfortunately, the drive stopped working yesterday. The screen froze whilst using Chrome and I had no choice but to long-press the power button to shut the machine down. On re-boot, the laptop no longer recognised the SSD. Going through bios implied that it wasn't connected at all; an invisible drive.
The first thing I did was to re-install the original SSD that came with the laptop. This was recognised immediately and allowed me to boot up the machine, proving to me that it was a disk fault rather than a laptop fault. I then did a few searches online and discovered a number of people who had experienced the same problem with this drive. The 1 star reviews on Amazon alight to the problem, which lies in the firmware that ships with the drive. If you experience a problem with a piece of software, or have a blip in the power supply going to the drive, it will freeze (or the SSD equivalent) and render itself invisible to the bios. Thankfully there is a solution which worked for me (and a few others) and has been suggested by Crucial:
You will have to boot the laptop into bios (the first bios screen is fine) and leave it there for 30 minutes. You then power the laptop down and remove the drive for at least 30 seconds. You then insert the drive back in, boot to bios and leave it powered on for another 30 minutes. The advice from Crucial is that you should now remove the drive for 30 seconds and then try and boot the machine normally. I didn't have to do this.Read more ›
I noted other buyer's warnings about the firmware revision and checked mine as soon as I had installed it and before cloning over my system partition. This was purchased on 5th June 2013 and the firmware was fully up to date - version 07MH. Installation was a doddle, simply plug it in and screw it down, and yes this drive comes supplied with two of the required screws (my Y500 only needed one of them).
It's early days yet and I'm still in the process of setting up my laptop and getting my data transferred over etc, so I've not done any intensive work with it yet. I'm really looking forward to seeing how Lightroom responds with this baby to hold the catalogue. I would imagine I'll pop back to give some more impressions once I've been using this rig in anger for a little while.
Fitted this as a primary hard drive and it really is fast, used the built in 500gb as storage with this drive having the operating system and programs on, windows benchmark score 8.1 on my system just beating processor and memory scores, impressive but time will tell if is going to last.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Sadly both drives we bought to upgrade new laptops about 18 months ago have crashed with full data loss. Not heavy usage at all and crashed within two weeks of each other. Read morePublished 5 months ago by PeterA
I bought this item to upgrade my smaller 1,8" HDD over half a year ago and happy with this SSD. Booting and shutting down became very fast, as well as opening Outlook and other MS... Read morePublished on 17 Jan. 2014 by oleksi
I got this to improve my motherboard boot times by installing windows 7 64 bit version on. It works fine and does make everything a bit faster but you soon get used to the speed... Read morePublished on 15 Jan. 2014 by sjc03
Nice bit of kit. Used in my Intel NUC as a media PC, and loads Win8.1 and XBMC 12.2 frodo in seconds - quicker than it takes my TV to load.Published on 17 Dec. 2013 by Mike Tawn
This was straight forward to install in my MSI GE70 and was recognised by the BIOS ok. Works well with Win7 and or 8.Published on 23 July 2013 by JohnJo
Bought to increase disk space for my Lenovo Yoga from 128G to 384G.
Was a bit of a faff to fit (but that is an issue with the Yoga not the SSD), but has performed faultlessly... Read more