|Item model number||CT500BX100SSD1|
|Hardware Platform||PC, Mac|
|Item Weight||5 ounces|
|Product Dimensions||5.12 x 0.75 x 5.12 inches|
|Item Dimensions LxWxH||5.12 x 0.75 x 5.12 inches|
|Flash Memory Size||500|
|Hard Drive Interface||Serial ATA-600|
|Is Discontinued By Manufacturer||No|
|Date First Available||January 20, 2015|
(OLD MODEL) Crucial BX100 500GB SATA 2.5” 7mm (with 9.5mm adapter) Internal Solid State Drive - CT500BX100SSD1,Silver
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|Digital Storage Capacity||500 GB|
|Hardware Interface||SATA 6.0 Gb/s|
|Type of product||2.5 inches|
|Read Speed||535 Megabytes Per Second|
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- Sequential reads/writes up to 535 / 450 MB/s on all file types
- Random reads/writes up to 90k / 87k IOPS on all file types
- Over 15x faster, 2x more reliable and 2x more energy efficient than a typical hard drive
- More durable than a hard drive
- Includes spacer for 9.5mm applications, Specs: Crucial BX100 500GB SATA 6Gbps 2.5" Internal SSD 535 MB/s Read / 450 MB/s Write
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Crucial BX100 SSD
Outlast and outperform your hard drive.
Boot up almost instantly. Load programs in seconds. And accelerate demanding applications with ease. It all starts with ditching your hard drive.
The storage revolution that started in 2008 with our first SSD continues with the new Crucial BX100. Engineered to outperform a hard drive and deliver cost-effective performance, the Crucial BX100 leverages advanced flash memory technology and moves your computer beyond the outdated storage limitations of spinning discs. By transmitting data in a digital manner rather than having to seek it out on a spinning platter, the Crucial BX100 makes nearly everything on your computer faster and more efficient.
Over 15x faster than a typical hard drive*
Get more done in less time – or just have more fun. The Crucial BX100 SSD is over 15 times faster than a typical hard drive and delivers true 535 MB/s sequential reads on both compressible and incompressible data. By treating all data the same, the Crucial BX100 allows you to do everything quickly, regardless of whether you’re saving an image, accessing a ZIP file, or loading a video.
Over 2x more reliable than a typical hard drive**
Protect your data by storing it on the Crucial BX100, which is significantly more reliable than a typical hard drive. In the computer industry, storage drive reliability is measured in mean times between failures (MTBF). Most hard drives have MTBF ratings of 0.6 million hours, whereas the Crucial BX100 has a reliability rating of 1.5 million hours. In practical terms, the more reliable your drive is, the less likely it is to crash.
Nearly 2x more energy efficient than a typical hard drive***
Run your system longer and harder – using less power. With Extreme Energy Efficiency technology, the Crucial BX100 is over 90% more energy efficient than a typical hard drive. Since SSDs access data digitally rather than seeking it out on a spinning platter, they consume significantly less power.
Better value than a typical SSD
Get more out of your system – without compromising quality. At speeds up to 535 MB/s, the Crucial BX100 SSD isn’t the fastest drive on the market, but that’s squarely our intent. We painstakingly engineered the Crucial BX100 to provide a massive performance boost, while also delivering an unrivaled value among SSDs. Make the switch to the Crucial BX100 and get everything you expect from a Crucial SSD at an unexpected value.
Micron quality - a higher level of reliability.
As a brand of Micron, one of the largest flash storage manufacturers in the world, the Crucial BX100 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 BX100 has been thoroughly tried, tested, and proven. You’ll notice the difference.
* Performance level based on comparative benchmark scores of the Crucial BX100 SSD and the Western Digital Caviar Blue WD10EZEX internal hard drive. Actual performance level may vary based on benchmark used and individual system configuration. Test setup: 1TB Crucial BX100 SSD and 1TB Western Digital Caviar Blue internal hard drive, both tested on an Intel DZ87RL motherboard, Intel i7-4770K 3.50GHz processor, BIOS Rev. 0327, and Windows 8 Pro 64-bit operating system using PCMark Vantage HDD test suite. Benchmark testing conducted December 2014.
**Reliability comparison based on published MTBF ratings of the 1TB Crucial BX100 SSD (1.5 million hours) and the 1TB Western Digital Caviar Blue (0.6 million hours).
***Hard drive active average power use based on published specs of 1TB Western Digital Caviar Blue internal hard drive.
Note: 1GB equals 1 billion bytes. The 1TB version of this drive has a storage capacity of 1000GB and meets terabyte-class standards, which refer to drives that store between 960GB and 1024GB of data. Actual useable capacity may vary.
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|Data Transfer Rate||600 MB per second||6 Gb per second||6 Gb per second||6 Gb per second||550 Mb per second|
|Device Type||Solid State Drives||Internal Solid State Drive||Internal Solid State Drive||Internal Solid State Drive||Internal Solid State Drive|
|Digital Storage Capacity||500.0 GB||500 GB||500 GB||560 MB||1 TB|
|Hard Disk Form Factor||2.50 inches||2.50 inches||2.50 inches||2.50 inches||3.50 inches|
|Hardware Interface||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||PC; Mac||PC, Mac||PC & Mac||—|
|Item Dimensions||5.12 x 0.75 x 5.12 inches||4.06 x 0.28 x 2.76 inches||3.94 x 2.76 x 0.27 inches||4.00 x 0.30 x 2.80 inches||0.87 x 3.15 x 0.90 inches|
|Item Weight||4.96 ounces||0.35 ounces||1.76 ounces||1.31 ounces||1.76 ounces|
|Optical Storage Read Speed||535||560 Mb/s||—||—||—|
Outlast and outperform your hard drive. Boot up almost instantly. Load programs in seconds. And accelerate demanding applications with ease. It all starts with ditching your hard drive. Engineered to outperform a hard drive and deliver cost-effective performance, the Crucial BX100 leverages advanced flash memory technology and moves your computer beyond the outdated storage limitations of spinning discs. By transmitting data in a digital manner rather than having to seek it out on a spinning platter, the Crucial BX100 is over 15x faster, 2x more reliable, and 2x more energy efficient than a typical hard drive.
Specifications: Part Number: CT500BX100SSD1 Capacity (Unformatted): 250GB Interface: SATA 6Gb/s Sustained Sequential Read up to (128k transfer): 535MB/s Sustained Sequential Write up to (128k transfer): 450MB/s Form Factor: 2.5-inch Internal SSD 3-year limited warranty by Manufacturer
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This was my first time upgrading a Hard Drive, and it was incredibly easy. I used a StarTech.com USB 3.0 to 2.5" SATA III Hard Drive Adapter Cable & the TEKTON 2830 Everybit Tool Kit (both sold on Amazon) to help me with this. Here's how I did it:
1. Plug SSD into USB to SATA cable.
2. Use Disk Utility to format the SSD. > http://forum.crucial.com/t5/Crucial-SSDs/How-to-initialize-your-SSD-Mac/ta-p/111 490
- Erase Disk:
- Name: Macintosh SSD
- Mac OS Extended (Journaled)
- Partition Disk
- 1 Partition
- Name: Macintosh SSD
- Mac OS Extended (Journaled)
- Options: GUID Partition Table
3. Downloaded Yosemite onto the Mac directly. Clicked on 'Yosemite Install' application and installed it on the SSD. Go through installation process until it reboots, then the configuration process. Once complete, turn off the Macbook.
4. Remove old HD and install new SSD. > http://guides.crucial.com/Guide/MacBook+Pro+13-Inch+Unibody+Early+2011+SSD+Insta llation/419
5. Install iLife apps, Chrome & Skype
6. Update Yosemite using App Store.
- Sudden Motion Sensor > http://support.apple.com/en-us/HT201666
- 'Put Hard Disc to sleep when possible' > Since TRIM isn't supported this will help the Active Garbage Collection built into the SSD
8. Reset SMC & PRAM/VRAM > http://support.apple.com/en-us/HT204063 & http://support.apple.com/en-us/HT201295
9. Move items manually from External HD to SSD.
If you're looking to upgrade your Mac and don't want to break the bank too hard - this is the way to do it.
When I called back I was asked to email a proof of purchase to their support to see if they would replace. Today I received a response that they would not - warranty is for 3 years and I am 3 years and 4 months of usage - 4 months over. I responded that this was not appropriate and asked for a management contact to talk to. The result was a second email from some claiming to be a support manager who even more strongly stated I was out of luck because I was 4 months over the warranty period.
So I am effectively out of luck. I lost my OS and software and personal data and files that were not backed up.
It appears Crucial could care less, have such little confidence in this technology they only warranty for 3 years and are not surprised or willing to replace when they fail shortly after this time frame.
This is not a product you want to place your critical OS and files on. I have SATA (non - SSD drives) here that have been running continuously for 15 years. The drives are typically warrantied for life or 10 years. 3 years is an incredibly short period for something so mission critical as data storage in my opinion.
I was also informed that newer Crucial SSD drives are warrantied now for 5 years - still far too little to use for OS and critical data.
I'm ordering a Samsung drive to replace this. While Samsung offers similar short warranties for some of their SSD drives, they do off 10 year warranties on higher end drives. And their customer support cannot be any worse than I've experienced with Crucial.
No more "my computer is slow" comments!
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Now it is less than a minute, up and working, on the internet, opening programs, absolute heaven.
Installing was a doddle on my desktop having ample SATA and power leads available I just plugged it in and taped it to the side of the drive bay, nothing fancy. Next I downloaded a free cloning program, cloned my C: to the SSD, swapped the drive letters over in Disk Management, wiped the old hard drive to use as a data only drive and 'boom' done. Simples.
One thing to consider is the size of the drive; I bought a 500Gb drive - a 128Gb would have been quite sufficient because it basically only holds the operating system. It is not advisable to keep adding and deleting files on a SSD it shortens their life - so I am informed.
The issue is that although those Macs use SATA II that can run at 3Gbps, the buggy controller means that many SSDs will only run at 1.5Gbps, and this drive is one of them.
I have returned this drive and replaced it with the Crucial M500, which is more expensive (and probably getting rarer now), but it uses a Marvell onboard controller that is fully compatible with the controller in the Mac and so it runs at 3Gbps.
After upgrading to Windows 10 the PC slowed considerably - start ups were taking many minutes. After much investigatory work the only thing anyone could find that wasn't up to scratch was the hard drive.
So with advice from cleverer people than me I purchased this SSD to install as a boot drive and to contain all programs etc. Installing was a breeze and then did a fresh install of Windows 10. Obviously had a lot of reorganisng to do but it has been well worth it. The PC is working like a new machine. Boot up is quick, switching from one account to the other is quick, programs load immediately and I am now just using the 3tb drive as a storage device - but will be replacing that soon.
So, very happy with my purchase. I am not a techie so cant give you any advice on spec and so on but I would say that SSD is a great improvement and this one seemed good value for money.
I'm not expert enough to give accurate comparisons as to performance, but I can say that it has made an astonishingly positive difference to the speed at which my computer loads programmes and documents - which is what I wanted. This being my only SSHD system, I cannot easily compare it to other SSHDs, but on the improvement made, the drive comes highly rated on the simple basis that it works (thus far) and works well - to the extent that an old MacBook now effectively outperforms a rather more powerful (and previously much faster) iMac with a magnetic hard-drive in general use.
The bundled licence key for cloning software does not seem to be compatible with OS X, but you can use Disk Utility for that job, and there are plenty of tutorials online for the process.