|Hard Drive||240 GB|
[OLD MODEL] Crucial M500 240GB mSATA Internal Solid State Drive CT240M500SSD3
|Digital Storage Capacity||240 GB|
|Item Dimensions LxWxH||2 x 1.18 x 0.15 inches|
|Item Weight||0.01 Kilograms|
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- Transformative performance: dramatically faster than a hard drive
- Nearly instantaneous boot times
- Ample storage: available in capacities up to terabyte-class
- Extensive quality and reliability testing built into every drive
- Three-year limited warranty
- Compatible with PC and Mac systems
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|Sold By||RRI||BC Superstore||Hot Deals 4 Less®||Three color dogfish Technology Co., Ltd.||INDMEM||Zheino|
|Compatible Devices||Desktop||—||—||Laptop||Laptop, Desktop||Tablet, Desktop|
|Data Transfer Rate||6||520 Mb per second||1500 Mb per second||560.00 MB per second||550.00 MB per second||6.00 GB per second|
|Device Type||Solid State Drives||Internal Solid State Drive||Internal Solid State Drive||—||—||—|
|Digital Storage Capacity||240.0 GB||480 GB||240 GB||256.0 GB||256.0 GB||256.0 GB|
|Hard Disk Form Factor||2.50 inches||3.50 inches||3.50 inches||—||—||—|
|Hardware Interface||SATA 3.0 Gb/s||SATA 6.0 Gb/s||SATA 6.0 Gb/s||SATA 6.0 Gb/s||SATA 6.0 Gb/s||Solid State Drive|
|Hardware Platform||PC, Mac||laptop||PC, laptop||PC, laptop||PC/Laptop/POS||PC, laptop|
|Item Dimensions||2 x 1.18 x 0.15 inches||1.52 x 0.14 x 0.9 inches||2 x 1.18 x 0.19 inches||2 x 1.18 x 0.15 inches||1.97 x 1.18 x 0.12 inches||1.96 x 1.18 x 0.14 inches|
|Item Weight||0.35 ounces||0.71 ounces||0.04 ounces||0.32 ounces||0.35 ounces||0.21 ounces|
|Optical Storage Read Speed||500||—||—||—||—||—|
Dramatically faster than a hard drive, the Crucial M500 SSD isn't just a storage upgrade - it's a complete system transformation. Designed to keep your system up to speed with today's multitasking demands that often require instant and simultaneous connections with friends, apps, websites, downloads, and playlists, the Crucial M500 delivers nearly instantaneous boot times, powerful data transfer speeds, increased multitasking capability, and rock-solid reliability - all at an affordable price. Available in capacities up to terabyte-class, the Crucial M500 has passed hundreds of SSD quality tests and over a thousand hours of prerelease validation testing. Don't settle for anything less.
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I would recommend installing the OS from scratch (I'm using Windows 7), ensuring you have the latest BIOS from dell (A06), rather than a clone of your old harddrive. Optimal data orgainzation may be slightly different on an SSD, plus you get rid of all the junk you don't need anymore. However if you have tons of software and keys that you can't find, you may be better off with the clone option (just wouldn't be my first choice).
Overall very happy with this drive. I'm not sure why it didn't work for other people with D420, too bad for them. My guess would be putting the cable in backwards (even I did that my first try until I saw a picture of it done correctly) or not being on the most recent BIOS version. I have 3 other d420s that I will be upgrading soon, perhaps with the 240gb version if the price comes down again. I will update as needed.
The performance of the msata m500's appear to have bumps in performance when you jump from 120gb to 240gb and 240gb to 480gb models. The benchmarks show real differences...but will this translate to a faster computing feel? Who knows...
I do feel like crucial/micron makes the most durable msata, when compared to Samsung or Intel. It is like Intel makes the best all around SSD in terms of reliability and performance, while Samsung emphasizes performance over reliability, and crucial emphasizes reliability over performance.
After the installation, booting and program launching is 2x faster than with the caching method and so far there is no slow down. It takes about 10 seconds from power button press to logon screen, then 2 seconds to modern UI. If you flip to desktop mode right away, the pokki menu is already loaded and not grayed out. Total boot time is around 12 seconds (prior it was more like 20). Before, it took a little time for pokki to get ready using the caching ssd method. (both methods are very fast compared to HDD).
I would like to mention though that this drive isn't the fastest out there. I have SATA 2 connection in my computer, so an msata SSD that is like 500/450 isn't really necessary for me. My max is 300MB/s due to SATA2. Thus, this drive is a perfect fit for my computer. If you are blessed with SATA 3, maybe you should look elsewhere?
One thing I would like to see though is some kind of caching software that utilizes unused DRAM (like Samsung's Magician Software) to accelerate the SSD beyond the SATA limitations.
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It was pretty straight forward to remove the battery, back panel (little bit more fiddly, but there are guides online) and then insert the mSATA drive and fasten it down with the provided screws (it only took one of them on my system).
The next this I had to do was clone my OS onto the mSATA SSD, which was the more problematic part as I am running Win 8.1 and none of the guides that I found online (or the free software) supported cloning Win 8.1.
After 12 hours of very frustrating trial and error, I discovered 'Paragon Hard Disk Manager 14' which fully supports Win 8.1 and cloned the OS, configured everything for me automatically within half an hour. So I would say save yourself the massive headache I went through and just use this, as it works perfectly.
Now my laptop cold boots in 10 seconds, and wakes from 'sleeping' in 1 second. Other than this, many programs now run/load much faster as a result of this upgrade.
The item is as described. A fast tiny little harddisk which has made my laptop gallop where it was merely trotting along. No complaints. It comes with screws and is easy to install. In case you aren't comfortable opening up your machine, I recommend downloading the Hardware Maintenance Manual for your laptop and carefully following the instructions. I would say Crucial has lived up to its reputation, and so has their product.
Below is the delivery review which you might want to skip unless you are using Amazon lockers.
REVIEW OF THE DELIVERY
Within two days of placing the order, the tracking system reported the order as having been delivered to the locker. But no code was emailed to me, till about a week afterwards. After many emails and phonecalls, the item was deemed 'lost in transit' and a replacement was sent. The replacement was delivered in about two days and I had the locker code the next day. But the whole process from the time of ordering took about 10 days. Sad, considering it could have been two days!
I needed something small enough to hold the Windows 7 OS, XBMC and some local files. The crucial drive was ideal for this and is very quick. Easily installed and setup, it's used daily and never had any performance issues. As there's no moving parts, then the drive is silent - which is something I wanted from the entire NUC system
Excellent price and performance.
The *only* caveat that I have with this is that if you're using it with the BOXD54250WYK3 NUC, you may need to flash the BIOS of the NUC if you want to do UEFI booting. I tried installing Ubuntu 13.10 and it wouldn't write to the HDD and I almost sent the HDD back thinking it was defective. After the BIOS update, everything was smooth sailing!