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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on December 8, 2011
I was very apprehensive about selection of the SSD for my laptop and spent a lot of time going through existing drive tests, reliability statistics (more than 6 months). Intel and Crucial came up on my short list of models to be selected at the 128GB capacity. At the end of the day, I decided to go with Crucial, primarily because of the higher rated reliability as reported by people using these drives already.
I must admit that having used it for more than 1 month now, I am very, very happy with this drive. I have substantially shorter boot times right now (25 seconds to ready desktop), even though I do run a lot of programs in the background and then need to be started at boot. Second, the battery life improved by approx. 30 minutes, from 3 hours, to 3:30 hours on average, assuming I let the second drive spin and power down. The computer runs more silent and cooler most of the time. And a side advantage: now I can really take advantage of gigabit LAN I have at home, transferring data from RAID 5 server to the laptop. 125MB/s transfer rates (limited by LAN port speed) are sustained. Windows hard drive index is rates at 7.8 (maximum is 7.9)
The good:
- very high speed in read and write mode (read more: 400MB/s+, write speeds: 150MB+ as tested, transferring data from RAID 5 array, do not have second SSD to test maximum write/read speeds)
- no BSOD reported by people for Intel drives, smooth installation and operation
- seamless support of TRIM operation for Windows 7
- lower power consumption when compared with magnetic drives
- makes computer run more quiet
The bad:
- price per GB is not that cheap
- no attached software for migration of operating system partition
- no attached conversion tools for 3.5inch bays
In short, 4.5 stars. Price could be more accessible. Personally, I do not care much about conversion software and conversion tools for 3.5 inch bays.
Planning to buy one more in the next few months to put into my home rig.
Note that this drive uses 34nm memory modules, which have been already confirmed to be more reliable than 25nm memory modules used in newer drives. They support more write cycles.

EDIT 2012.10 - just got myself 4th drive of this type and zero problems. Keep uo the good work Crucial ... these drives rock.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on December 7, 2011
The m4 delivers outstanding ssd performance (over 500 combined score on as ssd with a SATAII connection) with enough space to allow me to store OS plus all my apps on the primary boot drive. And at a reasonable cost per gigabyte. Win-Win-Win.

Upgrade from rotating drive was easy using Acronis True Image 2011 - convert BIOS setup to AHCD, install the drive as non-boot drive and format in Win7 to ensure proper alignment, backup current boot drive using Acronis TI2011 (don't use disk clone since you'll wreck the alignment on the ssd drive), and then restore. Switch the ssd to your boot drive and you are done. Now I just need to decide how to use the old WD Raptor rotating drive.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on December 6, 2011
This is a great SSD! I know it is not theoretically the fastest at everything, but it scores well on tests and works perfectly in my machine. I can't believe how fast it is compared to my old mechanical hard drive. You will never be able to go back to a standard hard drive once you get one of these. The Windows 7 "Welcome" screen is up for under a second, and Windows itself loads everything and is completely ready for action in about 7 or 8 seconds from the time my background first appears. It is truly unreal.

I put my O/S, all of my programs, and all of my games on the drive. I then moved the "My Documents" folder along with all of my photos, videos, and music to my old hard drive as my data drive. I didn't use the product that Crucial sells with the drive (as an extra), I used Acronis True Image Home 2011 to duplicate my existing hard drive. Thanks to Windows 7, TRIM is enabled so I don't have to worry too much about degraded performance over time.

I would recommend this to anyone with a Windows 7 machine and is ready for a noticeable boost in everyday operation. I ordered from a vendor through Amazon and it came in pristine condition at a slightly lower price than what Amazon itself was offering that day.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on December 2, 2011
For totally unknown reasons, my Dell Precision m6400 (Windows 7 Pro 4GB RAM) was taking over 4 minutes to boot in spite of repeated efforts to speed it up. The Crucial 128 GB M4 took it to 30 seconds! The Precision has a 2nd drive bay, so I just put the old one there and did a clean install of Windows then loaded my software and even some of the disk intensive data that would benefit from faster hard drive speeds (Photoshop; ArcGIS map data). Kept the rest of the data (and, for the moment, the OS so I have a backup boot drive)on the old drive. Still only filled up half the 128 GB M4 SSD. Anyway, a huge performance/time improvement and highly recommended.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on November 28, 2011
I ordered the Crucial m4 in order to do a clean install of Windows 7 Ultimate 64 bit onto my computer. I went with Crucial because they make very reliable products in my experience. I was curious whether a ssd would make any improvement. What a difference! My computer now boots up in under a minute with several programs (Origin and Steam) launching at startup with no discernible delay. By using this drive as my boot drive, I have removed the bottleneck from my computer to my great delight and satisfaction. I would strongly recommend that anyone on the fence about Solid State Drives try this drive out. I am so impressed with the performance gain that I am even considering upgrading my laptop's hard drive to solid state as well.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on November 24, 2011
Replaced a stock hard drive and laptop is flying now. I was beach balling quite a bit even with the i7 cpu and now I rarely see it. Install was simple and while I was at it, added the data doubler from OWC replacing the optical drive with another SSD. I'm flying now.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on November 13, 2011
Abstract

If you are a Software Engineer working on a big complex software applications that takes time to load and build and run, this upgrade is a must, you won't regret it. It is a little bit like 20 years ago when PCs went from floppy disk based to hard drive based.

Review

I bought a Crucial M4 128GB to install in a Dell XPS 8300 Core i7 2600 (3.4Ghz). I plugged it in, and then started installing Windows 7 64bit Enterprise Edition. 15 minutes after I was ready to start using Windows. The system now reboots in less than 40 seconds (20 seconds to pass the BIOS screen, another 15 seconds to get to the password screen, and about another 5 seconds (after I typed the password) to be ready to use Windows).

The application I work on takes about 25 seconds to launch on a cold reboot (nothing in OS file system cache), subsequent lauch takes about 7 seconds. With the SSD drive, the first launch is down to 8 seconds, and subsequent launch takes 7 seconds. Every App on my system launches as if they've been launched already seconds ago and they are still in the OS file system cache.

The application I work on now builds about twice as fast as it used.

I've installed Ubuntu 64bit using VMWare Workstation, in less than 7 minutes, the OS was installed and ready to be used. Ubuntu now boots in about 8 seconds. And running builds and software inside the virtual machine is also much faster.

I bought the 128GB, which could be small, but the additional disk space management is all worth it.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on November 9, 2011
I purchased this SSD as the primary drive for my Alienware M11x laptop. It installed with no problem, and the speed has been incredible! From BIOS to browser takes about 20 seconds now - it was about 60 seconds before. Load times in games have improved by a similar factor, and copying large files or importing photos are also much improved.

Stability was a concern for me - I had a 1st generation SSD from OCZ that stuttered and would blue-screen my old laptop, but this one has been rock solid - not a single issue so far.

This is hands down the best bang for your buck when upgrading a component for your computer. You will notice the performance gains from this regardless of your setup. The only negative is that now I don't think I could ever go back to a traditional HDD.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on November 5, 2011
Well my 2.5" mechanical drive crashed on my Zotac ZBox (it's essentially a mini PC or HTPC). So I decided to see what all of the hopla is about and get an SSD. Since I mainly use my ZBox connected to a large screen LCD as an internet browser and movie/show streamer I don't need a lot of drive space and 64GB seemed fine. After my Windows 7 reinstall and update (quite the chore in itself) the SSD seems to be working great. FYI - From installing Win 7 64bit, all of the updates, an antivirus program, and FireFox 27GB is used - quite surprising!

Overall: From the simple install and detection, it just works and I have had no problems at all. The system seems to boot about twice as fast and responds rather quickly. I have not run any drive tests for speed since this is just an HTPC and I am happy with the results. One of the main reasons I chose this product (after lots of research) is because of the excellent customer ratings, quality, and the fact that Crucial is a very solid brand.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on October 30, 2011
I replaced a 256GB 3GB/S SSD with this one and even though it isn't as fast as I thought it would be it is very speedy and has great storage space on my Macbook Pro. When I say it isn't as speedy I mean it isn't noticeably twice as fast as the 3GB/S, but it is very quick.
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