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Crucial M550 512GB SATA 2.5" 7mm (with 9.5mm adapter) Internal Solid State Drive CT512M550SSD1

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  • Load files and programs almost instantly
  • Boot up almost immediately
  • 550 MB/s sequential reads, 500 MB/s sequential writes, 95k random reads, 85k random writes
  • Download massive files in seconds rather than minutes
  • Manage power so your battery lasts longer
  • Compatible with PC and Mac systems
  • Encrypt and protect personal data against loss or theft
  • Store lots of data - available in capacities up to 1TB

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Capacity: 512 GB
  • Hard Drive: 512 GB
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Product Details

Capacity: 512 GB
  • Product Dimensions: 5.1 x 0.8 x 5.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 0.3 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Shipping: This item is also available for shipping to select countries outside the U.S.
  • ASIN: B00IRRDHVW
  • Item model number: CT512M550SSD1
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (242 customer reviews)
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  • Date first available at Amazon.com: March 18, 2014

Product Description

Capacity: 512 GB

Crucial M550 512GB SATA 2.5 inch 7mm (with 9.5mm adapter) Internal Solid State Drive CT512M550SSD1

Crucial M550 SATA 2.5" 7mm (with 9.5mm adapter) Internal Solid State Drive
Do more. Faster. Longer.

A breakthrough in innovation, the Crucial M550 SSD is over 20 times faster than a typical hard drive* and consumes significantly less power. It enables your computer to boot up almost immediately, load files and programs almost instantly, accelerate demanding applications, and manage power so that your battery lasts up to 50 minutes longer. Backed by the most advanced feature set available - Native Write Acceleration, RAIN technology, Adaptive Thermal Protection, hardware-based encryption, and our exclusive data integrity algorithm - the Crucial M550 delivers a complete performance gain that's measured by far more than just specs.

Micron quality - a higher level of reliability.

As a brand of Micron, one of the largest flash storage manufacturers in the world, the Crucial M550 is backed by the same quality and innovation that has produced some of the world's most advanced memory and storage technologies. With over a thousand hours of prerelease validation testing and hundreds of SSD qualification tests, the Crucial M550 has been thoroughly tried, tested, and proven for the most demanding applications.

Performance level based on averaged PCMark Vantage HDD test scores of five leading hard drives compared to the Crucial M550 SSD. Actual performance level may vary based on benchmark used and individual system configuration. Test setup: 256GB Crucial M550 SSD (firmwareMU01), 2TB Western Digital WD20EURS 7200RPM hard drive, 2TB Seagate ST2000DM001 7200 RPM hard drive, 1TB Western Digital WD10EZEX 7200RPM hard drive, 750GB Seagate ST3750640AS 7200RPM hard drive, and 500GB Western Digital WD5000AVDS 7200RPM hard drive, all tested on an Intel DZ87KLT-75K motherboard, Intel i7-4770K 3.50GHz processor, BIOS Rev. 0446, and Windows 8 Pro 64-bit operating system using PCMark Vantage HDD test suite. Benchmark testing conducted December 2013.


Consistently fast speeds. No exceptions.

Every manufacturer has ideas about how to deliver better performance. Some use file compression schemes, but those don't help video, audio, or graphic files that are already compressed. Some steal system memory to improve a slow drive. The Crucial M550 treats all files the same, regardless of whether they're compressed or uncompressed, so the specs we advertise are the same ones you'll see in real world use: true 550 MB/s sequential reads across all file types.

Achieve top speeds without sacrificing reliability.

Normally, as an SSD's level of performance increases, its level of reliability decreases. Not so with the Crucial M550. With over 35 years of defining and refining some of the world's most advanced memory and storage technologies, we leveraged our expertise to create RAIN (Redundant Array of Independent NAND). This technology protects your data at the component level, similar to the way RAID is used with multiple drives.

Save on power costs and enjoy longer battery life.

Run your system longer than ever before - and use less power. Based on published specs, a common laptop hard drive uses 2.5 watts of power on an average workload, compared to 0.15 watts on the Crucial M550 (which is up to 94% more energy efficient). ** In everyday terms, this means significantly more battery life and substantial savings on power costs.

Secure and protect your data - with no loss in performance.

You probably save lots of sensitive and personal information on your computer - encrypt it and keep it safe. As a self-encrypting drive, the Crucial M550 incorporates the highest level of hardware encryption into the controller, allowing the drive to operate at full speed without the performance loss associated with software-based encryption. The Crucial M550 is one of the only drives on the market to meet the rigorous requirements of TCG Opal 2.0, IEEE-1667, and Microsoft eDrive.

Keep your system cool - even when you overwork it.

Push your drive to the limit and avoid overheating, even in ultra-small, thermally constrained systems. The Crucial M550 includes Adaptive Thermal Protection technology, which enables the drive to dynamically adjust NAND activity based on usage demands. With this technology, the drive is able to maintain optimal operating temperatures, even when you overwork it.

Store up to 1TB.

Available in capacities up to 1TB, the Crucial M550 provides plenty of space to store large programs and your ever-growing collection of photos, videos, music, and work files. Available in the form factors of today (2.5-inch and mSATA), and tomorrow (M. 2), the Crucial M550 is designed to go the distance.

Customer Reviews

I am amazed that the laptop is so amazing FAST now!!
Alice
In addition, the computer is quieter because there is no longer a spinning platter, there are no longer moving parts for the hard drive.
J. Linder
It is very fast boot time is like 10 seconds now it's ridiculous.
Andy

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

70 of 75 people found the following review helpful By Wayne TOP 500 REVIEWER on April 5, 2014
Size Name: 512 GB Vine Customer Review of Free Product ( What's this? )
We already know Solid State Drives are super fast and even the slowest will easily blow away any disk drive. But just how fast is this drive when benchmarked? And how does it compare to other similar drives. Well I've got a few tested, so let's see how it did!

TEST BED

For my testing I'm using my custom built 3rd Gen i7 Workstation with an ASUS P8Z68-V PRO Motherboard running Win8.1 x64. Each drive tested was connected as a 2nd drive to the on-board Intel 6GB SATA controller. These drives were also brand new, never used. Just partitioned, quick format, and off we go with tests. The two benchmark programs are CrystalDiskMark and AS SSD. I'll be uploading benchmark results for this drive separately.

BENCHMARK EXPLANATION

Without going into too much technical detail, I'll briefly explain what I'm talking about below. A sequential test is where it simply read/writes large blocks of data that are physically adjacent to each other on the drive, one after another. Not all real-world data use will fall into this category, but half would be a reasonable assumed average. The other is the random test, where we read/write 4K or 512K (depending on test) blocks of data to various locations on the drive. This usually makes up the other half of day-to-day disk usage. Compare them back to back and you have a pretty good idea how the drive will perform in your hands.

CRUCIAL 550 (512GB)

The Crucial 550 didn't quite hit the advertised speeds, but we should note that your results will vary depending on your configuration. I'm sure Crucial's test bed was a bit more optimized than a random desktop. Sequential Read was 478MB/s and 466MB/s Write with Crystal Mark. 4K Random Read hit 25MB/s and 69MB/s Write.
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24 of 27 people found the following review helpful By JOHN on March 25, 2014
Size Name: 128 GB Verified Purchase
I just exchanged my old HDD out for this new SSD and the boot time for windows 7 went from 1.43 mins to 29 seconds. Windows performance went from 2.7 to 7.1. Waiting time is dramatically reduced. I used a disk cloning program and it was super easy. I will be ordering another one for my other laptop.
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19 of 21 people found the following review helpful By McDiggle on May 5, 2014
Size Name: 256 GB Verified Purchase
Unbelievably fast! My late 2009 15" Macbook Pro boots Mavericks in under 10 seconds! A must have for any laptop user!
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10 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Geekdomo TOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on May 15, 2014
Size Name: 512 GB Vine Customer Review of Free Product ( What's this? )
I do not have any metrics to share with you. This drive has become my steam install drive and is amazingly fast loading games. As a streamer Its important my games load quickly and transfer from cutscene to cut scene. With this drive I am able to load the game as I am firing up the stream. Oftentimes it is loaded just as the stream starts. That is phenomenal performance. My current system uses an OCZ 128GB Boot drive. I have several 4TB drives as storage drives.

Pros:
+ Easy to install
+ Silent operation (obviously)
+ Great transfer rates
+ Energy efficient

Cons:
- Not major ones. I suppose the included install bracket was about useless.

Overall very happy with this drive!

SOME OWNER TIPS:
If your new to the world of SSDs there are some things you may want to know. An SSD Drive is only 1/2 a drive. What I mean by this is the drive is only 100% efficient up to 50% full. At 51% full the drive loses somewhere around 20% efficiency. A full SSD is almost as slow as a Hybrid SSD/Platter combo. Also SSDs can get bad sectors like standard drives. A block is only writable a certain number of times. After its been written to X number of times it becomes unusable. If the purpose of your purchase is to have something that has millions of read writes a day, you may not want an SSD for this. For further details check the web about SSD efficiency.

Hope this helps!
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28 of 37 people found the following review helpful By Thomas Stamper VINE VOICE on March 30, 2014
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Installing a laptop hard drive is not something I have any experience with. In the past I would buy an external drive for more storage rather than crank open a laptop case and risk ruining something. Because the SSD offers advantages like faster response, longer battery life, and less noise I felt that it was worth the effort. And If it didn't make enough difference in this older machine, I could still install this drive in new laptop.

The first decision I had was whether I was going to install the drive and then install Windows 7 or just clone my current drive. Honesty, I couldn't find my Windows 7 disc and the more I thought about, I'm not sure I even have more than a recovery disc for this machine. With the decision made for me, I bought Crucial's conversion kit on Amazon for less than $20. It comes with a USB that connects to your SSD drive and the software to make the clone.

The software explains the process step by step, but my power settings were forcing the Laptop into sleep mode after 20 minutes. Every time the cloning process would get hung up on the analysis stage and go no further. At first I thought I could just disable my screen saver, but I actually had to go into a Power Settings menu to disable the sleep. This advice was courtesy of the manual that I downloaded from the Apricot website, the company that created the clone software. There is no written documentation with the product and even the software CD takes you to the website. That solved the problem. 2 Hours and 55 minutes later, my 283 GB of data was cloned and I was ready to physically change the drives.

First I unscrewed the back on my HP, but the plastic wouldn't easily slip off and I felt that I might break it if I was not careful.
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