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Crucial 1TB M550 - A very pleasing addition to a fast desktop used for Industrial Simulation purposes
on 24 February 2015
My business involves the simulation of liquid metal behaviour in metal castings manufacture (i.e. foundries). I use a Chillblast desktop 'gaming spec' computer running a powerful i7 processor, lots of RAM and large data storage drives. Typically a simulation can take anything up to five or six hours of 'real time' to simulate an operation that takes only a few minutes on the factory floor.
I decided that the only appreciable improvement available to me on this equipment would be to replace the main internal drive with an SSD equivalent. Research suggested that in addition to the small (128GB) capacity Crucial SSD which has housed my programs for the past 18 months I could gain a further benefit by hosting all of the data handling facilities and major data storage on a second SSD... I have been happy with the original Crucial device and so was encouraged to consider the Crucial M550 as one of the main options. Other contenders for my business included components from Samsung, LaCie etc. The largest possible SSD available when I made my selection was 1TB which did restrict selection somewhat. Reviews from previous users suggested both Crucial and Samsung products were likely to give good results - at very competitive prices for their hardware.
Having been highly satisfied with my first (128GB) Crucial SSD it was an easy choice to go for their 1TB M550 device.
Purchased via Amazon I had the new drive fitted by my local hardware specialist who also cleaned-up my data hosting and removed some of the load on the original SSD which now houses only data management routines, program files, program files (x86) and program data files. This occupies approximately 70GB of the available 110GB on the formatted 128GB drive.
The new (in January 2015) 1TB SSD is currently occupied to a 55% level by all data intensive and speed sensitive data files including my casting simulation work, my photographic archives (all photos taken since 1997 when I moved to digital media) and all major documentation for my company operation.
In the ten week period since the system became operational no difficulties have been detected and the additional speed of operation has greatly enhanced the productivity of my day to day simulation work, as well as speeding up other data intensive activities such as photograph manipulation using Adobe Photoshop Elements 13.
The price of hardware in this class is obviously higher than the equivalent conventional drives but at the £334 which the 1TB version of the Crucial M550 cost me in January 2015, I considered to be very good value for money. My hardware engineer echoes this opinion.
Subsequent day to day operation of the now Twin-SSD equipped Chillblast desktop has confirmed that the machine is substantially quicker in all operations and has enabled me to improve the data security because read/write operations are now rather quicker than previously. All data on my large SSD is now copied onto a 2TB conventional Internal Drive and onto a free standing 2TB external drive.
In conclusion a very satisfactory purchase.