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Crucial m4 512GB 2.5-Inch Solid State Drive SATA 6Gb/s with Data Transfer Kit CT512M4SSD2CCA

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512 GB
  • Performance - Improve boot up and application load times
  • Reliability - Withstand extreme shock and vibration
  • Compatibility - SATA 6Gb/s, backward compatible to SATA 3Gb/s
  • Quality - Crucial, a Micron company, is a trusted name in DRAM and SSD products
  • Data Transfer Kit includes: Cloning Software for PC and Mac, USB to SATA cable
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Technical Details

Capacity: 512 GB
  • Brand Name: Crucial
  • Model: CT512M4SSD2CCA
  • Hard Disk Size: 512.00 MB
  • Warranty: Three year limited warranty
  • Form Factor: 2.5-Inch
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Product Details

Capacity: 512 GB
  • Product Dimensions: 0.3 x 2.8 x 4 inches ; 2.6 ounces
  • Shipping Weight: 3.2 ounces
  • Shipping: Currently, item can be shipped only within the U.S.
  • ASIN: B004W2BAXI
  • Item model number: CT512M4SSD2CCA
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (324 customer reviews)
  • Date first available at Amazon.com: April 22, 2011

Product Description

Capacity: 512 GB

Crucial m4 SSD delivers unparalleled performance for the dollar. Designed for client computing, the m4 SSD delivers faster boot and application load times for mobile and desktop users alike. And because we're part of Micron, the m4 was bred and built entirely in-house. So you can rest assured you'll get one of the highest quality products available-from the company that knows memory. The notebook data transfer kit is a simple solution for copying everything on your hard drive, including operating system, data, email and applications, to your new SSD.

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Customer Reviews

This is the best "bang for the buck" upgrade I have ever done.
Dave Freeman
Amazing upgrade for any laptop - runs blindingly fast now, and much quieter and cooler.
Graham Hill
The the cloning software and transferring of data was also a breeze!
B2wice

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

56 of 56 people found the following review helpful By Karl Follman on March 9, 2012
Size Name: 512 GB
I bought a Dell L1701 with 16G memory, Intel I7 processor, and two 512G drives in late 2010, a decent machine. Looking for a way to make it faster, I bought the M4 512 SSD with the transfer cable and software. Installation was straight forward and flawless. I was up and running in under two hours.

There is one catch - the M4 series of SSDs need to have their firmware updated or after approximately 5000 hours the drive will go into a "self-heal" mode and shut down every hour as reported by others. Crucial has the firmware on their support site with instructions to download a ZIP file, extract an ISO file, and burn the image to a CD to have the updated firmware on a bootable drive. So you better have a CD/DVD drive (there are ways to create a boot drive on thumb drives, but they can get very complicated). A straight-forward and simple process IF YOU REALIZE Windows 7 has a built-in disk image copy program (Crucial fails to mention this in their update process). It must be an imaged copy or it will not work.

So what does all this mean? - A lightning-fast improvement in boot times and loading of applications.
Some numbers: (number of seconds between power ON in using old drive vs. SSD drive):
* "Starting Windows" splash: 10 / 10
* Windows "Welcome" splash: 40 / 19
* Windows "Boot Music": 79 / 23
* Toolbars across desktop's screen: 110 / 24
* Start-Excel 2010 to new spreadsheet: 42 / 6
* Start Word 2010 to new document: 36 / 6
* Open 50 MByte spreadsheet: 55 / 12
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105 of 111 people found the following review helpful By Mark E. Sandblade on May 31, 2011
Size Name: 128 GB Verified Purchase
If I could give this item 4.5 stars I would. Performance wise, it functions terrifically. It's ridiculously fast, and it's substantially lighter than a spinning HDD. I can actually feel the weight difference in my lenovo X220 laptop (your mileage may vary). My only complaint is that installation was not as smooth as it could be. My laptop can only accept 7mm high drives in the slot. The crucial drive can be modified to fit by removing the black plastic spacer band. I wish they had put this on the outside of the case like the Intel X25m. It was simple to unscrew the case and remove the spacer, but then the screws are too long. I shortened mine by cutting them with wire cutters. The screw metal was soft and this was easy to do, but it probably ruined any chance of returning the drive and it probably voided my warranty.

The included Apricorn drive imaging software worked well. I have read horror stories of corrupted drives from other users who have used it. Maybe this latest version works better. I did have problems with some corrupted files on the SSD after I booted it. I simply ran a chkdsk and repaired or deleted the corrupt files. I was using the live version of Apricorn's imaging software and not the bootable CD. In hindsight I probably should have booted from the live CD to guarantee no locked files or changed files.

Once I removed the spacer the drive fit fine. It booted on the first try, however then the real work began. Thinkpads run a lot of proprietary system software. Here is the list of changes I made.
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35 of 37 people found the following review helpful By Joe L. on October 17, 2011
Size Name: 128 GB Verified Purchase
This was my first experience with an SSD. I was nervous about upgrading to an SSD because of so many stability problems reported on different websites and blogs. After reading many different reviews and user comments, I chose the Crucial M4 over the Intel 510 Series which was originally my first choice. My primary requirement for the SSD was stability over performance. I figured the performance difference between an OCZ Vertex 3, or a Crucial M4, or an Intel 510 would be virtually unnoticeable in a real world environment. However, a drive that often crashes would definitely be noticeable. The Intel has the highest stability ratings but the price ($280) was a big pill to swallow for the 120GB. I paid $198 for the M4 on Amazon in September 2011.

Very happy and impressed with the M4 so far. It's been nine months and no stability issues at all - knock on wood. The speed is amazing. Boot times on Windows 7 Pro are less than 15 seconds with all background applications loaded, ready to go. I run all the typical applications including antivirus, some hardware monitoring apps, IM apps and others . About 12 total apps appear on my taskbar.

I use this computer daily for internet, spreadsheets, Word docs, edit HD home videos, import and convert old MiniDV home videos , edit photos, play Blu-Ray movies, edit music files, etc. I also use standby regularly - although there's no reason to continue using standby since boot times are so fast. Applications like Word and Excel pop open as if they were minimized.

This drive is personally my most significant and fun component upgrade since I jumped from a single core Pentium to a Core-2-Duo about 4 years ago or so, which is my typical upgrade interval for tech products.
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