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Crucial Technology 256 GB Crucial RealSSD C300 Series Solid State Drive CTFDDAC256MAG-1G1
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- Improved data transfers - Designed with high-speed synchronous MLC NAND, advanced controller technology
- Push your performance - The improvement in boot time and application load times push performance to new levels at the desktop
- Memory Experts - The Crucial brand of memory has long been synonymous with reliability and high-performance
- Guaranteed compatible - Crucial RealSSD C300 series employ a standard hard drive interface and dimensions
- Read speeds up to 355MB/s
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This item Crucial Technology 256 GB Crucial RealSSD C300 Series Solid State Drive CTFDDAC256MAG-1G1
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|Sold By||Available from these sellers||Amazon.com||Amazon.com||Amazon.com||Mega Micro Devices Inc.||Amazon.com|
|Data Transfer Rate||6 Gb per second||6||6||750 MB per second||6 Gb per second||6 Gb per second|
|Device Type||—||Solid State Drives||Solid State Drives||Solid State Drives||—||Internal Solid State Drive|
|Digital Storage Capacity||—||512 GB||250 GB||275 GB||—||250 GB|
|Flash Memory Installed Size||256||512||250||275||128||250|
|Hard-Drive Size||256 GB||512 GB||250 GB||275 GB||128 GB||250 GB|
|Hard Disk Form Factor||2.5 in||2.5 in||2.5 in||2.5 in||2.5 in||2.5 in|
|Hardware Connectivity||SATA 6.0 Gb/s||SATA 6.0 Gb/s||SATA 6.0 Gb/s||SATA 6.0 Gb/s||SATA 6.0 Gb/s||SATA 6.0 Gb/s|
|Hardware Platform||PC||PC; Mac||PC||PC & Mac||pc, laptop||PC|
|Item Dimensions||0.37 x 2.75 x 3.95 in||2.75 x 3.94 x 0.27 in||2.75 x 3.94 x 0.27 in||0.5 x 3 x 2 in||0.37 x 2.75 x 3.95 in||2.75 x 3.94 x 0.27 in|
|Item Weight||2.64 ounces||0.32 ounces||0.26 ounces||0.42 ounces||—||1.28 ounces|
|Memory Storage Capacity||256 GB||512 GB||—||275 GB||128 GB||250 GB|
|Optical Storage Read Speed||355 MB/s||550||540||530 MB/s||355 MB/s||540 MB/s|
|Writing speed of the optical memory||215 MB/s||520||520||500 MB/s||140 MB/s||500 MB/s|
|Size||256GB||512 GB||250 GB||275GB||128 GB||250GB|
If you're looking for unhindered speed, Crucial's RealSSD C300 series solid-state drive is here! The new 2.5" Crucial RealSSD C300 drive offers mobile and desktop users scorching-fast read speeds of up to 355MB/s. Designed with high-speed MLC NAND, advanced controller technology, optimized NAND management, and the SATA 6Gb/s interface, these drives dramatically improve data transfers for bandwidth-demanding applications like audio and video.
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The only drawback is price of the new SSDs. I could only afford the 256GB but would have loved the 500GB since I was already using a 500GB traditional spinning media drive. It was a good exercise to downsize my info and consolidate the data to an external firewire800 drive.
This almost makes the macbook pro an instant-on laptop like the new macbook air.
For the basics, I timed my bootup, and how long it took me to get an app connected to the internet, in this instance Adium. Cold boot to logon screen with the hybrid ssd drive was 47.6 seconds, and to adium being connected and me being able to double click a contact to send a message, a total of 1 minute 46 seconds.
After I cloned via CCC to the SSD drive, my boot time actually increased. It took about 10 seconds longer to boot up. Everything screamed once booted, but the long boot process surprised me, until a google search showed that I needed to reset the PRAM on my MBP. Once I did that, I just about fainted. From hitting the power button to logon screen is 16.9 seconds, and the total from hitting the power button until I am typing to a contact in adium is only 32.6 seconds. I'm up and running and active in a chat in just over 30 seconds, compared to 106 seconds.
Apps are, as so many have said, nearly instantaneous. Even Outlook 2011 for Mac which always was a slow starter is up and running in about 2 seconds.
Fortunately I had plenty of free space on that 500GB drive, so could still fit my mac and windows boot camp partition on this one, even if I only have about 25GB to spare. That will go up to about 45 to spare since I'll delete my winclone image of boot camp from my hard drive and just keep a copy on an external firewire drive instead. I haven't played with the windows partition yet since I'm in the process of restoring it now to the newly recreated boot camp partition, and even that process, imaging it from my mac desktop on this physical drive to the boot camp on this physical drive is already nearly done in just the time I wrote this little bit.
Unfortunately the info about the 2010 and 2011 models supporting Trim already were evidently correct, and it ONLY supports it currently with the SSD drives purchased from Apple when the computer is purchased, since this one shows the SSD but specifies "Trim support: no"
So hopefully with 10.7 we'll see them open it up to more than just their own rebranded drives.
Meanwhile I can't wait to do more of the things I do on a daily basis, and find out just how much faster it really is.
I'm very glad I finally caved in and got one, specifically the SATA 3 version of one. It is just the most impressive example of computing I have ever encountered now. Can't wait to run Windows virtually as well and see how it goes.
Edit November 2011:
Been running this for over 8 1/2 months now, still going strong. Still as speedy as ever. Found a way to patch Snow Leopard (and now Lion since Lion didn't support trim on this either by default) to get Trim enabled by the OS, and it's been rock solid. No issues and performance is as good as the day I got it. Best hard drive decision I ever made.
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