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Crucial MX300 275GB M.2 (2280) Internal Solid State Drive - CT275MX300SSD4
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- Sequential reads/writes up to 530 / 510 MB/s on all file types
- Random reads/writes up to 92K / 83K on all file types
- Over 90x more energy efficient than a typical hard Drive
- Accelerated by micron 3D NAND technology; Compatible with the Crucial Storage Executive tool for easy drive maintenance
- Dynamic Write acceleration delivers faster saves and file transfers
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Crucial MX300 Solid State Drive
Instant performance that lasts
Increase the speed, durability, and efficiency of your system for years to come with the Crucial MX300 SSD. Boot up in seconds and fly through the most demanding applications with an SSD that fuses the latest 3D NAND flash technology with the proven success of previous MX-series SSDs. Your storage drive isn’t just a container, it’s the engine that loads and saves everything you do and use. Get more out of your computer by boosting nearly every aspect of performance.
Micron quality - A higher level of reliability
As a brand of Micron, one of the largest flash storage manufacturers in the world, the Crucial MX300 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 MX300 has been thoroughly tried, tested, and proven. You’ll notice the difference.
Instantly improve system performance
The Crucial MX300 reaches read speeds up to 530 MB/s and write speeds up to 510 MB/s* on all file types so you can boot up almost instantly, reduce load times, and accelerate demanding applications with ease. Plus, our Dynamic Write Acceleration technology uses an adaptable pool of high-speed, single-level cell flash memory to generate blistering speeds throughout the drive’s long life.
Over 90x more energy efficient than a typical hard drive**
Extreme Energy Efficiency technology within the Crucial MX300 reduces the amount of active power usage that’s consumed by the drive. The Crucial MX300 extends your laptop’s battery life by using only 0.075W of power, compared to a typical hard drive which uses 6.8W.
Entrust your files to a drive that lasts
With an endurance rating of up to 220TB total bytes written, the Crucial MX300 is engineered with Micron 3D NAND to deliver years of fast performance. The 3D NAND leverages larger NAND cells to improve performance and prolong endurance.
Protect your data with AES 256-bit hardware-based encryption, RAIN technology, Exclusive Data Defense technology, and the durability inherent in SSD design.
Keep your system cool
In addition to lower active power usage, Adaptive Thermal Protection technology dynamically adjusts storage component activity. This helps keep your system cool and minimizes the risk of damage caused by overheating.
Boost drive performance by up to 10x with Crucial Storage Executive***
This downloadable tool is easy to use and helps monitor and enhance the performance of your Crucial MX300 – update to the latest firmware and enable the Momentum Cache feature in Storage Executive to instantly improve burst performance.
Note: 1GB equals 1 billion bytes. Actual useable capacity may vary.
*Based on the published specs of the 525GB model. Speeds based on internal testing. Actual performance may vary.
**Active average power use comparison based on published specs of the 750GB Crucial MX300 SSD and the 1TB Western Digital Caviar Blue WD10EZEX internal hard drive, which, as of January 2016, is one of the industry’s top-selling internal hard drives. All other capacities of the Crucial MX300 SSD have comparable active average power consumption specs, with the exception of the 2050GB version of the drive, which consumes 0.15W.
***Validated by testing included in the 'Enhance Burst Performance on Micron and Crucial SSDs Using Momentum Cache' whitepaper.
Increase the speed, durability, and efficiency of your system for years to come with the Crucial MX300 SSD. Boot up in seconds and fly through the most demanding applications with an SSD that fuses the latest 3D NAND Flash technology with the proven success of previous mx-series SSDs. Your storage drive isn't just a container, it's the Engine that loads and saves everything you do and use. Get more out of your computer by boosting nearly every aspect of performance.
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Crucial's website and their answered questions here on this product page said it isn't compatible with my computer and with a number of computers. However, my computer's bios recognized it immediately and I only had to format it. Like many have commented, the Acronis software that comes as a free download for cloning the HDD didn't work, thus the 4 stars instead of 5. I download EaseUS for free and it worked perfectly. I have to wonder if the reason Acer said this card isn't compatible with so many devices is because the Acronis software doesn't work on those devices?
A few tips for novices like me who've never done this before: 1) After you install the card, you may need to format the drive in the Windows Disk Management tool. Just type "disk man" in the start menu and it'll take you there. Then format the SSD. 2) As mentioned above, skip Acronis and download EaseUS or another utility like it. (I actually tried installing windows from a recovery disk onto this SSD and it didn't work. Use cloning software like EaseUS and it'll save you a bunch of time.)
***UPDATE: Photos posted of the SSD mounted in the Acer computer's expansion slot.***
I have read reviews, blogs, articles, and forum accounts of people who bad-mouthed the included Acronis True Image data migration software. The varying accounts and approaches had me braced for the worst. I searched high and low for any and all information I could find. Forewarned is forearmed, right? I had several tabs at the ready on another laptop, just in case I ran into problems. Some praised other software; some of them found that other software simple to use, while others jumped through all kinds of hoops. My research and preparation took HOURS and HOURS of my time, but, not knowing what to expect, prepared is good, right?
What a waste of time it turned out to be to prepare for troubles other people had in doing that which was ridiculously easy for me. I don't know why this was so easy for me, yet so fraught with peril for others, but here's (more or less) how I did it:
- Before starting, I assigned a new drive letter ("O", for "optical") to my DVD/CD drive. The computer comes with the HDD set to "C" and the DVD/CD set to "D" -- but I knew I was going to want my new Crucial M.2 SSD to be my new drive "C" and the HDD renamed to "D," so I just got the renaming of the DVD/CD out of the way right off the bat. (Clearing the decks, so to speak.)
- This MAY or MAY NOT have had something to do with my ease of setup, but I'm going to share it, just in case: I had been playing with the notion of using BSD or Linux instead of Windows. In order to try out some "live" CDs, I had changed a few BIOS settings:
1) Security menu -> Secure Boot: disabled
2) Boot menu -> Fast Boot disabled
3) Boot menu -> Launch CSM enabled
- Two screws (requiring a very small Philips screwdriver) undone, and I was into the laptop case. The Crucial M.2 SSD slid into the connector with little resistance. (Be CAREFUL: if it seems hard, take a closer look and make sure you don't have the card upside down. There are two notches in the card connector end, but only one corresponding positioner in the motherboard connector; it's easy to make the mistake of trying to put it in the wrong way.) Use one of the provided screws (and an even smaller Philips driver) to screw down the other end of the SSD card to the Motherboard standoff. (It will be obvious.) PROPS to Crucial for including the screws! Another popular brand (Samsung) couldn't see fit to package a few cents' worth of screws with their $150 card. (The argument that the computer should have the screw already is without merit. I've been repairing and building computers for thirty years and have almost NEVER found an extra screw in a motherboard or case; the fasteners always come with the components, if at all.) Crucial even threw an extra one into the bag, just in case you lose one (which would be easy; they are very small). Warning: if you DO lose one INSIDE your laptop, you're going to want to find it. Loose metal objects bouncing around working electronics can end in disaster.)
* Sorry for the digression, but here's something I did that helped with getting the screw in: BEFORE inserting the Crucial M.2 SSD card, I used a tweezer to hold the screw atop the standoff, then turned the screw in, just about 1½ threads. Then I inserted the card firmly into the slot and lowered the end over the screw. It would not pass the screw head, so I *carefully* loosened the screw just enough for it to tilt a bit, but not allowing it to fall away. The card dropped down; I then carefully stood the screw straight back up, then tightened it down.
- Turned on the computer. Opened Windows' Computer Management -> Storage -> Disk (sic) Management. Windows showed the new drive, unformatted, ~488 GB. (Not 525, but get used to it. Manufacturers have been playing fast and loose with capacity claims for some time now. They conveniently use metric standards for marketing purposes, while old sticks in the mud like me understand that a KILObyte, in computers' binary shorthand, means 1,024, NOT 1,000. Then there's overhead for whatever may be preinstalled... Tradition be damned; salesmen point to the difference between a GB and a GiB, while users are left wondering why their new storage devices don't show the same numbers onscreen that the shiny packages show... but I digress.) So, I was pleased as punch to see that Windows recognized the new Crucial M.2 SSD -- and was calling it Disk 0 (as in "zero"). Very promising! (For the uninitiated, we old C programmers, users of the foundation language of modern programming, start counting at "0" -- not "1." Could this be an indication that making this the boot drive was going to be a bit easier?)
* At this point, Windows was showing me the option to format the drive, but I DISREGARDED it, choosing to give Acronis the chance to work with a clean slate. Preformatting it might have made the process more complex. (Not knowing how Acronis worked, I couldn't know, but, generally, when formatting any drive, SSD, HDD, or floppy, starting in an unformatted state is less likely to bring out potential bugs in formatting software.) I exited the Windows' Computer Management program.
- Following the simple instructions included with the Crucial M.2 SSD, I downloaded the Acronis True Image program, installed it, and entered the activation serial number (plainly printed on the back of the instructions) and e-mail address (yes, but I gave them a special e-mail address I only check if I HAVE TO). I did NOT have to verify the email address, which was nice.
- Installing and running Acronis took a few minutes. I chose the "clone drive" option to copy the HDD contents to the SSD. Being a new computer, there was less than 50 GB worth of material to copy. Nonetheless, I like to keep whatever control I can over how my computer is configured, so I didn't simply accept the "trust me" options. I chose to check the settings and I think what I used is what the defaults would have been, anyway.
When the cloning was done, I rebooted the computer, and Windows loaded up FAST. Could it be...? I went back into Windows' Comouter Management -> Storage -> Disk Management and, lo and behold, the newly cloned Crucial SSD, still "Disk 0," was now drive "C" and the HDD had been rename to drive "D." All automatically. I did nothing to make that happen.
Curious to see what BIOS thought of the new hardware, I Restarted the computer, holding the [Esc] key down until I was presented with a menu of boot options. There, at the top of the list, was the new Windows boot partition on the SSD. In 2nd place was the old Windows boot partition on the HDD. Also on the list were the HDD device and the DVD/CD drive. I chose to enter Setup and look further in the Boot menu screen. There I found confirmation of the boot choices I had just been presented. I quit the BIOS utility and let it boot -- automatically, into Windows, using the new Crucial M.2 SSD, all without my having to do anything to make that happen. I am amazed. Ever since the onset of Plug and Play so many years ago, this was easily the best example of automatic configuration I've experienced.
I've timed the boots a few times, now, and I'm getting a login screen in 12 - 13 seconds from a "cold" (non-hibernating) start. After logging in, my desktop appears in 2 - 3 seconds. (If it was in hibernation, the desktop appearance time is immeasurably fast; visually instantaneous.) The performance on the SSD is everything you've already read about -- just incredibly fast. The performance improvement you'll get out of this SSD almost eliminates the lag introduced by code bloat of new software. (Seriously, almost EVERYTHING is measured in tens or hundreds of MBs these days.) Even if you don't have loads of RAM, the swapping to and from an SSD happens so much faster than through a hard drive, even the most sloth-like software works at a good pace.
This was a GREAT investment to have an SSD, in general, but the installation of this particular Crucial M.2 SSD and bundled software, in particular, made the upgrade painless. I highly recommend it.
After the cloning (about 20 minutes or so) I shut down, swapped M.2 drives and rebooted. No nasty surprises, just a lot more room in my C drive. The hardware worked, the software worked, I'm a happy camper.
One piece of advice, on my next build I will probably try out a motherboard that supports m.2 with a PCIe bus connection rather than the SATA connection I have now. I've read that the PCIe m.2 interface has about a 3x speed advantage over the SATA version. Just something to think about.