|Hard Drive||256 GB|
Crucial m4 256GB 2.5-Inch (7mm) Solid State Drive with Data Transfer Kit CT256M4SSD1CCA
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- 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
- Three Year Limited Warranty
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Thumbs up on Crucial / Amazon sending me a unit that already had the latest firmware that was only released 7 days ago. This saved me a critical step that might not of gone so well in my setup. I apparently had challenges getting my usb dvd drive to "boot". Long story short, There really wasn't any documentation that came with the drive. Based on other reviewers I went to crucial's website fully planning to have to upgrade the firmware first.
I saw they posted a video on how to use the included transfer software. I was hoping to be able to use the software with a usb 3 cable adapter, but the software looks for the included usb 2 adapter. My system would not recognize the transfer software as a bootable media, not sure if it was the disk or the drive. I tried changing the bios boot priorities without success.
Crucial's video recommended you boot from the DVD not run it thru windows 7.
Well I took a chance after multiple failed attempts at using the cd as a boot media and ran the software via my windows 7 session. Worked like a charm, no issues, took about 45 minutes once the process was started. I had about 45 GB free space out of 180 GB.
I'm use to having to re-activate software licenses even after a cloning process. So far I haven't had to re-activate a single license. This includes: MS Office 2013, Lightroom 4, Viso 2013, Project 2013, Proshow Producer Pro 5, Snagit 11, Camtasia 8, Omnipage 18 Pro, PDF Converter 8 and a whole bunch more.
Only time will tell how reliable this drive is, but the install process once started was a breeze. Wish it had a USB 3 transfer cable, but even with a USB 2, took less than 1 hour. Some said there's a USB 3 kit, but this one didn't have that as an option. Note I was transfering from an existing SSD to another SSD. Just needed a larger SSD.
Supplied transfer kit and software were incredibly easy to use.
I did have some trouble trying to boot off the cd, was a good thing that method was not necessary
Performed transfer from windows desktop,
Transfer was relatively quick, although I wish I had known there was a USB 3.0 Transfer kit available, just doesn't come with this bundle.
Downloaded and updated firmware per the suggestion of everyone, everywhere.
After transfer, drive worked fine for a few days.
After a few days of good, normal operation, computer wouldn't boot. Wasn't recognizing drive. Put in old/previous standard 7200 drive, and it worked/booted.... Put back in Crucial SSD, still not even being identified.
Booted of 7200, and SSD drive could not be read via a usb drive connector, including the one that came with the bundle. Tried on different computer. All show nothing. It's dead.
Submitted for a return from Amazon. Trying an identical SSD from Crucial see if it was just a bad unit, or a problem with the model. If the latter, will look at extra money for Samsung or Intel
If you can afford it, I'd suggest getting the 512 Gig version as the 256 fills up quickly. I took a lot of archival data off and stored it on our portable HDD, so we have some life left for additional software or a second OS.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Generally, everything worked like a snap, quickly (half hour) cloning my HD. My only real complaint was that there were zero, nada instructions. Read morePublished on February 16, 2014 by survey dan
I put 5 stars because the ssd after mounted mounted works great. The software brings to clone does not work for WINDOWS 8. Read morePublished on December 9, 2013 by Eduardo
if you are not a computer mucho savvy person, use the DTK with this SSD. plug the cable in, follow the relatively easy instructions and it's done. Read morePublished on September 24, 2013 by Jennifer Moore
The product works as described.
But on windows 8, use easeus todo backup home 5.8 trial. this should work for you.
Transfer is super easy. Plus you can use the cable to plug in any other drive you may want to use.Published on August 7, 2013 by ErikAnthony
The product itself has been great. The data transfer application was not so great. After the flood bar getting stuck for almost 4 hours I called support to make sure this was as... Read morePublished on July 9, 2013 by Daniel
I put the SSD into an older MacBook Pro (a 2008 model) and, boy, what a difference it made! The old machine isn't as fast as my new Retina machine with SSD, but it's pretty quick. Read morePublished on June 30, 2013 by L. Ransom