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Crucial M500 240GB 2.5-inch Internal SSD CT240M500SSD1

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  • Transformative performance: dramatically faster than a hard drive
  • Nearly instantaneous boot times
  • Sequential Read: 500 MB/s | Sequential Write: 250 MB/s | 4KB Random Read: 72,000 IOPS
  • Ample storage: available in capacities up to terabyte-class
  • Includes top-level hardware encryption technology
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Product Description

Capacity: 240 GB

Product Description

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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Crucial M500 2.5-inch SSD

For consumers | Transform your system’s performance.
New interfaces and multitasking 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 an entirely 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 multitasking capability, and rock-solid reliability, the Crucial M500 delivers dramatic performance gains - all at an affordable price. 

For businesses | 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 defense, one 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. Unlike other SSDs on the market, 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 four things: hundreds of SSD qualification tests, over a thousand hours of prerelease validation testing, 1.5 billion dollars invested in R&D, and more than 30 years of industry expertise. With our multi-billion dollar commitment to NAND development, our record of patent and process innovation, and our award-winning customer support team, we’re dedicated to quality.  For you, that means your SSD has been designed with cutting-edge technology and it’s been rigorously tested and approved. Don’t settle for anything less.

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Product Highlights:
  • 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
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Easy installation in laptops, desktops, and servers.
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Includes spacer for 9.5mm applications.

*1 GB = 1 billion bytes. Actual usable capacity may vary.

Product Details

Capacity: 240 GB
Product Warranty: For warranty information about this product, please click here [PDF]
  • Product Dimensions: 5.1 x 0.8 x 5.1 inches ; 5 ounces
  • Shipping Weight: 5.6 ounces
  • Shipping: This item is also available for shipping to select countries outside the U.S.
  • ASIN: B00BQ8RM1A
  • Item model number: CT240M500SSD1
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2,393 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank:
  • Date first available at Amazon.com: April 9, 2013

Customer Questions & Answers

Customer Reviews

I feel like I have a new computer because it boots super fast and for a Mac, very easy to install.
Installed the SSD and it is fast again. boot up when from over 2 minutes to 30 seconds. apps and programs load nearly instantaneously.
Once the data was transferred the computer booted up much faster because the solid state drive is much faster.
Alvin Mitchell

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928 of 945 people found the following review helpful By David Selector on July 11, 2013
Size Name: 480 GB Verified Purchase
I did a LOT of research on SSD's before deciding on the Crucial M500. My shortlist of drives was as follows.

My target computer for this drive is a MacBook Pro mid-2010 model.

- Samsung 840 Pro. This drive has a very good reputation, but it is by far the most expensive of the drives I considered. It has faster overall performance than the other drives I looked at, but that doesn't matter to me as my laptop is only capable of SATA-2 speeds.
- Samsung 840. The cheapest drive I considered. The 840 (non-pro) uses TLC NAND memory which is not as long lasting as MLC. Even though it probably wouldn't be an issue, I decided to stay away from it.
- Crucial M4. This 2-year-old drive originally had numerous firmware problems, but those have been ironed out and the drive now enjoys a healthy reputation. This drive was about the same price as the M500. The advantage would be tried-and-true technology, the disadvantage is that it is now outdated technology.
- Crucial M500. Very new, thus a bit of an unknown. If you read the various in-depth reviews, there are pluses and minuses . Not quite as blazing fast as some of the others. But it boasts some nice enterprise-level features not found on other consumer drives (RAIN parity protection and sudden power-loss handling). The AnandTech review points out, "The 840 Pro comparison is interesting because Samsung manages better average performance, but has considerably worse consistency compared to the M500.". So nothing is quite black and white.

I ended up choosing the M500 because a) Crucial (Micron) has a good reputation for overall reliability, b) the drive has some interesting features and attributes that make it stand out, c) it uses traditional MLC NAND and d) the price point is quite good.
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Size Name: 960 GB Verified Purchase
This review is for the 960GB version of the M500. This drive represents a great combination of capacity, speed and cost, by far the best combination if you need the 1TB size as I do.

I've owned many SSDs over recent years, using them both as primary drives in laptops and desktops, as well as a few for archive storage. Most have been 512GB in size, as my laptop usage involves LOTS of video and other large file size work. For several years I've felt the pinch of the 512GB limit in SSD drive size. Yes, you could spend a couple grand or more on some specialty drives that were TB class, but I could not justify the cost. So, I've been hungry for a drive just like the Crucial M500, and was very excited to see it come to market. Pro's and Con's below.

+Only "affordable" TB class SSD. Outstanding value given size and speed!
+Fast in the absolute, and faster than expected for size (see benchmarks, below).
+7mm thickness means fits in many more current laptops
+General reputation for reliability from Crucial and the Micron/Intel joint venture that produces the NAND chips used as storage in Crucial drives.
+960 GB configuration is an optimum size for the Marvel controller, meaning this size drive (and perhaps the 480GB) will provide the highest speeds within the M500 series of drives. Smaller drives will drop off a bit in speed due to lower degree of parallel processing for the combination of controller channels and number of NAND chips used.
+Encryption and ATA Password security features work well. Many other security features for other scenarios (e.g., works with Windows 8 and BitLocker to enable fast hardware based encryption, though I did not test the latter).

-Lower write cycle life for 20nm NAND chips.
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104 of 118 people found the following review helpful By Steven W. Graff on August 21, 2013
Size Name: 960 GB Verified Purchase
Previously I had "upgraded" my MacBook Pro by adding a Wintec FileMate 96GB SSD Express card. This had allowed me to put all system files and most applications in solid state storage resulting in a big boost in performance. Over time system bloat and data caused the internal 750GB disc and the 96GB SSD to reach maximum capacity and I found I was spending more time watching the spinning beach ball as the CPU tried to juggle data and processes between the limited free space. The M500 represented a significant drop in price for terabyte class SSD storage. I was torn between retiring my early 2009 MacBook Pro and getting this drive. As a 17" Apple laptop is no longer available, I decided to go with the SSD drive. The performance gain, even over the express card SSD is amazing. Startup of the OS is greatly reduced, apps feel as if they open near instantaneously. Apps that are collapsed, fly open from the dock.

There are additional benefits, the laptop runs and feels cooler, undoubtedly because I am no longer using the express card, and a disc-based drive, but there is likely an additional gain due to the greater air space around the 7mm drive. I did not need to use the included spacer as the standard mounts immobilize the drive, this resulted in significant (by laptop standards) gains in clearance above and below the drive. The fans have not gone into an audible mode since I installed the drive, including the four hours of continuous writing to the SSD while I transferred 400GB of music and photos. Consequently battery life has seen a boost and the laptop is as silent as any 2013 MacBook Air.
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