|Screen Size||2.5 inches|
|Hard Drive||64 GB|
Crucial m4 64GB 2.5-Inch (9.5mm) Solid State Drive with Easy Desktop Install Kit CT064M4SSD2BAA
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- Delivers powerful SSD performance gains for SATA 6Gb/s systems
- Features blazing-fast speeds - up to 500MB/s sequential reads
- Treats compressed and uncompressed files the same, resulting in consistently fast speeds . Fully utilizes Micron high-speed synchronous MLC NAND
- Built with advanced controller technology and Micron proprietary firmware
- Available in 64GB, 128GB, 256GB, and 512GB models
- Compatible with PC and Mac systems
- Includes Easy Desktop Install Kit
- Backed by a limited three-year warranty
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Very nice having a PC that's "snappy." No problems with the drive (now 6 months old). I'm very happy with it.
Consider the bare version: Crucial 256 GB m4 SSD CT256M4SSD2 or the Crucial 256 GB m4 SSD with Data Transfer Kit CT256M4SSD2CCA, especially if on a price dip. You'll need a SATA cable (under $5) but the bracket included in this kit might be unnecessary, as noted below.
Setting up a new primary drive can be a lot of work. Maybe these notes will save you some hassle.
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First of all, have a good laugh at those of us who paid $200 to $300. Prices are dropping fast. Use camelcamelcamel (google it) to see if the current price is at low tide, or temporarily inflated.
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I don't want to do another install 3 years from now. So, I'm glad I got the 256GB, which is 4x my current needs. All the big data (photos, music, video, backups) can go on hard disk (secondary drive), so 256GB may last forever.
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1. Don't assume you need a "drive bay adapter kit" to work this 2.5" drive into your 3.5" drive bay. On my Dell Studio XPS, using an empty drive bay was the wrong plan. It goes much better nearer the current hard disk. Power connector reaches.
2. I crafted some aluminum brackets while waiting for it to arrive. Hah! It weighs 2.5 ounces. Two thin strips of adhesive Velcro is probably the simplest and best mounting plan.
3. SATA III cable. You need one.Read more ›
Enter the Crucial M4 SSD... one of the least expensive, yet best performing of the current generation SATA3/6Gbps drives. To be fair, it's not the fastest drive on the market. But it does have a very stable controller and the firmware is fairly mature. I chose this particular SSD after doing exhaustive comparisons with its contemporaries and found it to be the best balance of price, performance and stability of the bunch. Installation on my early-2011 MacBook Pro was a breeze, with no surprises.
Out of the box, my M4 was already flashed with the latest firmware version. Within 2 months of owning it, Crucial released yet another update. It flashed just fine, without having any data loss (which as I understand it, can be problematic with some other models). After that, a quick Google search yielded an effective procedure to enable TRIM support in OS X. Aside from those steps, installation of my OS and apps was unremarkable - roughly akin to installing a new hard drive, but MUCH faster. With my old HDD installed in a Firewire 800 enclosure, cloning it back to the SSD was a relatively simple affair.
The difference in performance is readily apparent upon first boot - that is to say, the OS now boots within 15 seconds - and that counts the EFI firmware initialization process (which is roughly 1/3 of the wait time).Read more ›
First, (and the only negative thing I can say) is that the plate holds the drive off-center (see product photo) -- to the extent that most typical hard drive screws that hold the bracket to the computer case by the sides will hit the side of the drive when tightened (this includes the screws that ship with the unit). To get around this I found (in my vast collection, and with luck) a very short screw that would not hit the drive. I prefer to use the screwdriver-less type of screws to hold my drives, but all of those were too long for this. If Crucial would have just centered the drive in the bracket there would be no problem at all. I recommend testing the screw depth and either look around the house or go to the hardware store to get some short ones that clear the side of the drive. I think the longer screws wouldn't really damage the drive so much as they would prevent a good, snug fit overall.
There is basically no user manual that comes with the drive. I found that the drive needs to be placed upside-down in most desktop computer cases, and that the finer threaded screws are the ones that hold it to the bracket, while the course threaded screws (described above) hold the bracket to the computer case.
Second, speaking to the people who have had difficulty with data corruption: it is very important to enable AHCI in the system bios BEFORE formatting or installing the OS.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
This is the only way to go solid-state drives it takes my MacBook Pro 11 seconds to turn on and I'm on the Internet, it is A 200% better than the old platter drive this is what all... Read morePublished 21 months ago by Walter Hall
It substantially improved the disk access time on my computer. Would have liked more space on it but at the time the cost per GB was too high for me to want more. Read morePublished 23 months ago by J.D.
Arrived as expected within estimated time frame. Great product for the price, Highly recommended for all who are on a budget but want an excellent product.Published on February 6, 2014 by Russell Featherstone
If you have the money i would definitely recommend a SSD. It makes your laptop turn on and open every software faster. But, as you know, its expensive.Published on December 25, 2013 by Tim Cazes
Bought this for my desktop PC, lightning fast and reliable. Will never go back to a standard hard drive. SSD's rock.Published on November 21, 2013 by MT
This was by far the best thing I could have done for my old Late 2008 MacBook Pro! After installing 8GB of memory (Crucial 8GB Kit (4GBx2) DDR3 1066 MT/s (PC3-8500) CL7 SODIMM... Read morePublished on October 19, 2013 by Darren O'Neill
I am surprised at how fast the drive really is. I hope science will develop a larger drive. I store a lot of data. The drive is well worth the money.Published on October 3, 2013 by Firetrucker
Despite the "easy desktop install kit" in the product name and the "Compatible with PC and Mac systems" claim in the product description, this install kit doesn't fit Mac Pro... Read morePublished on June 26, 2013 by Linux Administrator
It seems to make my Macbook use less battery. Of course, the Mac responses much faster than before. Great product.Published on June 17, 2013 by Linh Truong