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Crucial M500 120GB mSATA Internal Solid State Drive CT120M500SSD3

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120GB
  • Transformative performance: dramatically 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
  • Three-year limited warranty
  • Compatible with PC and Mac systems
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Crucial M500 120GB mSATA Internal Solid State Drive CT120M500SSD3 + Crucial 8GB Kit (4GBx2) DDR3 1600 MT/s (PC3-12800) CL11 SODIMM 204-Pin 1.35V/1.5V Notebook Memory Modules CT2CP51264BF160B + Intel Network 7260.HMWG WiFi Wireless-AC 7260 H/T Dual Band 2x2 AC+Bluetooth HMC
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Technical Details

Capacity: 120GB
  • Hard Drive: 120 GB
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Product Details

Capacity: 120GB
  • Product Dimensions: 2.1 x 0.7 x 6.9 inches ; 0.8 ounces
  • Shipping Weight: 3.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Shipping: This item is also available for shipping to select countries outside the U.S.
  • ASIN: B00BQ8RFAI
  • Item model number: CT120M500SSD3
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (278 customer reviews)
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  • Date first available at Amazon.com: March 22, 2013

Product Description

Capacity: 120GB

Dramatically faster than a hard drive, the Crucial M500 SSD isn't just a storage upgrade - it's a complete system transformation. Designed to keep your system up to speed with today's multitasking demands that often require instant and simultaneous connections with friends, apps, websites, downloads, and playlists, the Crucial M500 delivers nearly instantaneous boot times, powerful data transfer speeds, increased multitasking capability, and rock-solid reliability - all at an affordable price. Available in capacities up to terabyte-class, the Crucial M500 has passed hundreds of SSD quality tests and over a thousand hours of prerelease validation testing. Don't settle for anything less.

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Customer Reviews

The Crucial M500 has worked great for the last 6 months inside an Intel NUC.
Sean C
Works great and have had no problems but didn't really notice any different in my Drobo after it was installed.
egibbys
Good brand name, fast and reliable, very competitive pricing, it's a good choice.
Anthony J.

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

54 of 64 people found the following review helpful By Anthony J. TOP 1000 REVIEWER on January 18, 2014
Size Name: 120GB Verified Purchase
When I opened the packages to assemble my Intel Next Unit I thought "Where is the drive?". Well, there was no box and the little container might have held a stick of RAM. Now, I use two Intel 530's and a bunch of Samsung Pro's and they evidently have a lot of case, ..anyway. If you need installation help, YouTube has Crucial and other videos to guide you and Crucial's memory advisor includes compatible SSD's.

Let me tell you about what I found researching this drive and what I know from building computers for 25 years. This drive has an advantage over many because it has error checking and built in power backup to keep your data safe just like their Enterprise server drives, however it doesn't have any software, but that's not a problem if you optimize Windows by a guide like Sean's for Windows or The SSD Review's and download your pick of cloning freeware. To clone you can use this as a method to connect the new drive to your computer. mSATA to USB3.0 SSD Enclosure

Remember to make sure TRIM is enabled in your OS or your drive will slow down over time and you'll have to use a secure erase utility to regain your performance. Firmware can also be a cause and as of today the last firmware update was 9/13, so in Windows you can check your's under the drive's Properties in the Device Manager, but I haven't had a problem. I'm told it has over provision built in, which extends the life of the drive, because a 120GB is really 128 with 8GB over provision and a 240 is 256 and they use a Redundant Array of Independent NAND technology to achieve this.
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25 of 28 people found the following review helpful By J. Linford on February 20, 2014
Size Name: 240GB Verified Purchase
I installed this msata in my Lenovo Ideapad Y580. Installation was easy (thank you, Crucial, for including screws with this drive!) and the machine recognized the drive immediately. After a little work, I was able to install Ubuntu on this drive and dual-boot between Linux and Windows 8.1. Booting into Linux is super fast, even compared to regular Linux boot times.

For anyone else looking to do the dual-boot trick, the key is to use the most recent version of Ubuntu (the older versions don't play well with the Windows UEFI boot loader) and make sure you disable the Secure Boot option in your BIOS. Also, turn off the Fast Startup in Windows 8 if you want to be able to access your Windows partition from Linux, otherwise Windows just hibernates instead of doing a complete shut down.
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16 of 20 people found the following review helpful By Stephanie Sullivan TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on March 18, 2014
Size Name: 120GB
I did research on mSATA drives before purchasing a drive for a Intel NUC home office desktop computer.

The M500 is a very good performer among the current competition; not the best but near the top. I think the difference is not likely to be noticeable in real-world use. The main reason for selecting the M500 was its reputation for reliability because of the kind of memory used.

This is a drive which has fairly high power consumption, over 1W at idle and approaching 4W when busy. This is comparable to a mechanical laptop drive and higher than many of those. It will run warm with use so cooling can be a consideration. This isn't a problem in my desktop application with a Intel NUC (4th Gen Core i5) which take mSATA format drives. A version that takes 2.5" drives is also available: Intel NUC Intel 4th Gen Core i5, 2.5 drive capable.

If you are a reliability "paranoid" like me you'll be happy to know the M500 drives work fine in RAID1 (mirroring) arrays.

Speaking of reliability: nothing is 100% failure free. I've worked with Crucial for decades for RAM and flash. Their warranty support has always been hassle free and I generally get replacement components cross-shipped saving on down time. Crucial stands-out in the marketplace for high quality service. A reliable drive is great, but a company that also stands solidly behind their products is priceless.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By cmarti on March 17, 2014
Size Name: 480GB Verified Purchase
Used this card to upgrade the capacity of my 80gb iPod video. I used the mSATA to zif adapter sold here on Amazon and the process was easy. Just remove the hard drive, install the mSATA to zif adapter and then install the mSATA card.

After that boot the iPod in disk mode and restore it with iTunes. One thing that you will notice is that the computer will take a long time, maybe three minutes to recognize the iPod and this is normal because of the huge storage capacity.

After that you can enjoy of the biggest DAP in the world.

Note: It works best if you use Rockbox

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10 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Steve Rogers on December 3, 2013
Size Name: 240GB Verified Purchase
I bought this as the cache card for a Drobo. It's hard to characterize it based on that, because when it works well, it's invisible. There were no compatibility problems, and it seems to work great.
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