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|Hard Drive||128 GB|
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(OLD MODEL) Crucial MX100 128GB SATA 2.5" 7mm (with 9.5mm adapter) Internal Solid State Drive CT128MX100SSD1
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- Sequential Write: 150MB/s - Sequential Read: 550MB/s
- Available as 2.5" 7mm SATA III at 128GB, 256GB, and 512GB capacities
- 256GB and 512GB incorporate Micron's new 90 Series 16nm 128GB NAND
- Performance at all capacities represents a significant improvement over M500
- Every MX100 includes a download of Acronis True Image 2014 OEM Edition PC backup and recovery
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As you likely know, the MX100 is being discontinued. The MX200 is replacing it and the design of the MX200 is substantially different. However, I recommend purchasing this MX100. Why? Check out the customer Reviews here...real-world usage and testing has shown the MX100 to sport excellent performance, outstanding quality NAND, and industry-leading reliability. The MX100 has withstood the test of time, and you can now rest assured that if you buy a MX100 that you will get many years (decades, in fact) of reliable & trouble-free performance. Additionally, the firmware for the MX100 has been revised over time to a point in which the firmware is now optimal for both performance and reliability. (It is also worth noting that the MX200 does NOT outperform the MX100 in many instances and in some cases the MX100 gives faster real-world performance...this is likely in part due to the MX100's maturation time for the firmware and in a few years the MX200 will see increasingly better performance & reliability.)
The MX100, like previous Crucial SSDs, is reliable, affordable, and fast. Not many SSDs meet ALL of those three criteria.
Virtually any modern SSD will give ridiculously fast performance compared to the older HDDs, but few makers have the reliability of Crucial. The Marvel controller used in the MX100 I consider to be among the best when it comes to removing garbage and leveling disk wear. Crucial's usage of the higher-endurance Multi-Level Cell NAND, the quality of this NAND, and the affordability for a high-quality MLC SSD all weighed in. Previous experiences also played a role. I own various C300, C400, and M4 SSDs. These drives have given flawless performance and many have written over 100-150+ TB on them (far exceeding their advertised rating.) I also like how Crucial SSDs play nice with all the major OS'...I have used them with Win 7, Win 8.1, and the past 5 revisions of OS X. These drives work wonderfully with all of these operating systems.
DESCRIPTION & SPECS
I do not want to go too in-detail here as many others have done a great job covering it already. More or less, the Crucial MX100 is one of Crucial's mainstream-performance SSDs. It uses MLC flash memory (which has better duration than the cheaper TLC), uses a Marvell controller, and comes in 128, 256, 512 GB sizes. It is one tier below the M550, but it uses the same Marvel controller of the M550. It has been shrunken to the 16nm process. (Side Note: With the next generation of Crucial SSDs, it is very likely we are going to see 2TB SSDs in the 2.5 inch form factor...if you need more than 512 GB - 1 TB, keep your eye out for the 1-2 TB size increase!)
Like most SSDs, the smaller-sized drives have considerably lower write speeds than the larger ones (go for at least the 256 GB size if you want to maximize your write speeds.) All three sizes have a read speed of 550MB/s. The 128GB size has a write speed of 150MB/s, the 256GB writes at 330MB/s, and the 512GB writes at 500MB/s. (My usage of the 256GB size has write speeds right around 300 MB/s and read speeds right around 500MB/s, so speeds are very close to as-advertised.) Random read and random write speeds also increase with larger sizes. The lifespan of the drive is advertised at 72 TB...this estimate is likely EXTREMELY conservative. The disk supports various encryption capabilities, including the venerable AES-256. The drive comes with a 3-year warranty from Crucial.
Firmware updates are available from Crucial, which allows one to update their firmware using various methods. Over the past few years, their options have become much more flexible (during the M4 era, FW updates on OS X was a difficult process.) Crucial firmware updates generally have direct support for Max OS X, Win 7, and Win 8/8.1.
BENCHMARK TESTING AND SSDs
Benchmark testing, which is measuring the disk speed in a closed environment, can provide valuable information on hard drive performance. However, there are limitations. One issue is that benchmark performance may or may not translate to similar real-world performance. Another issue is that virtually all modern SSDs are so fast that discussion about what SSD is the fastest is kind of splitting hairs for most users. Finally, benchmark testing on performance tells us very little about the drive's durability, longevity, and wear patterns...and for most users, reliability is probably more desirable than the fastest possible performance. Companies have released some SSDs with the intention of them being 'the fastest', these SSDs received substantial tech media attention, many people bought these products, and eventually it came to light that the reliability was inferior to other products on the market.
Crucial SSDs generally do NOT rank among the top of SSDs in benchmark tests. In fact, many benchmark tests make Crucial SSDs appear "slow". This can be misleading. For actual usage, Crucial SSDs usually give real-world performance that is equal (and sometimes even superior) to many drives that give substantially higher benchmark scores. For example, I have numerous Crucial M4's and an OCZ Vertex 3 from around the same area. The read speeds are pretty similar, but the OCZ benchmarks write speeds about twice that of the M4. In real-world usage, the Crucial M4 works better. It's transfer speeds are more consistent with the Crucial M4, the time it takes to perform most real-world tests favor the M4, and the reliability of the M4 is superior (having had issues with OCZ's SSD reliability, this was the last OCZ SSD I purchased.)
The bottom line here is that Crucial drives provide better real-world performance than they do benchmark scores. If real-world performance is more important to you than a numerical benchmark score (like it is for me), don't disqualify Crucial from consideration due to these numerical figures. They do not accurately speak to the quality of the User experience.
DURABILITY & RELIABILITY
Crucial SSDs are class-leading when it comes to durability and reliability. Like many Samsung & Intel SSDs, Crucial has developed a reputation for reliable flash memory products. You are trusting a company to produce a product that protects your valuable data, and Crucial is a great company to put this trust in.
The advertised life of this drive is 72 TB of endurance. In reality, that is probably a very conservative estimate given some Reviewers have tested SSDs beyond the 2 PETABYTE marker (that is, 2,000 TB or 20,000 GB.) If you use this drive to write/read 6.5 GBs of data every day, it would take around 30 years just to reach the 72 TB mark, and this 72 TB mark is likely a small fraction of how long this drive can operate for. In other words, the usable life of the MX100 is going to far exceed the time period it will be technically useful. With a good SSD like this, we are talking some serious durability.
The MX100 is not the fastest SSD on the market, but it's still quite fast and capable of tackling many data-heavy tasks. Along with these speeds comes reliability from a company known for reliable and durable flash memory products, and a company that frequently (and promptly) will update their firmware to give you optimal performance, reliability, and security. To make things even better, the MX100 is priced competitively. This MLC drive is less expensive than many TLC drives, and the quality of the MLC flash used in this Crucial is of outstanding quality (as is the controller that manages it.)
Since this product provides performance, durability, and value into a single package, it gives the MX100 the versatility to meet a wide range of user needs. Therefore, I highly recommend the Crucial MX100.
Setup is easy; I'm using an ASUS S400CA with Windows 8.1 pre-installed and no recovery media (no disc/usb) and I cloned my hard drive to the SSD with a SATA-USB adapter that I bought. The Acronis software doesn't guide you step-by-step, but it's actually quite simple:
1. Simply clone if you have more space on the SSD than what you have in your hard drive.
2. Trim your data in the hard drive if it's excessive and clone the important parts to your SSD. Transfer the rest across once cloning is complete.
3. Don't waste your time on other functions in Acronis unless you need them.
The migration works smoothly and when I put in the SSD my ultrabook performance improved considrrably. The first boot with the SSD may be slow as the system gets accustomed to the drive, but subsequent boots are on the order of 5 seconds from power button to start panel (literally!) My MATLAB loading speed also halved (or one-thirds, but at least half).
Oh and I threw this SSD on the floor in ways that would send a HDD to its grave multiple times. And it still works without a glitch. I was a little violent with my lappy too, and performance is unaffected.
Finally, my battery life improved. I observed a difference, though it was about half and hour (I think) of extended time on the same tasks.
Recommended if you're looking to upgrade from a HDD, but don't need the best (this is good).
I fiddled with this for a while before I could get it going. I installed the software that came with the hard drive and connected it to the USB port to start the cloning process, however it ran for about a minute and then notified me that the computer needed to be restarted....I knew something wasn't right since the drive being replaced had about 50GB of stuff on it. Nothing of help from the Crucial website whatsoever, basically a lot of promotional material of how cool they are and a 2 minute video of pulling the old drive out of your computer and putting the new one in.....after 45 minutes of trying to diagnose the issue I took to the internet, turns out that I first needed to activate the drive in Computer Management (thanks for not mentioning that CRUCIAL step in the process Crucial). Once the drive was activated I ran the software again......nothing. I tried different solutions but finally after having spent around 2 hours monkeying with this I again went to the internet and found a free program that would do the cloning.....first try, done!!!
The drive performance is a very noticeable step up from the old hard drive (startup takes 7 seconds maybe, shut down about 3 to 5 seconds, programs load quickly and is not really bogged down with running multiple windows), so in terms of performance it meets my expectations. However, the lack of support really upset me with this thing. Crucial makes the assumption right away that the average computer user knows that they need to activate the drive upon connecting it to the computer, or that it's so common that it doesn't need to address it as a troubleshooting item on their website....I had done a SSD conversion a few years ago but with the Samsung 840....that was easy breezy compared to this conversion. The Samsung provided software AND DETAILED INSTRUCTIONS for cloning the hard drive. The software provided took care of everything the first go....additionally the software lets you tweak the performance of the drive as well as run tests on the drive's performance.
If I had to do this all over again I would skip over this drive and purchased another Samsung 840, I would much rather pay an extra 10 bucks for full product support.
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I bought the 256GB model, and was not disappointed. Admittedly, this is not the fastest SATA 6Gbit/s SSD on the market. Several heavyweight offerings, like Samsung's 850 PRO, out muscle this drive in both synthetic workload tests, and in real world performance. This drive performs admirably though for its cost per GB ratio, which for the 256GB drive at the time of submitting this review, works out at a very reasonable 31p/GB. On a single drive, I achieved around 530MB/s read and 320MB/s write - still light-years ahead of even the fastest mechanical hard drive. I bought two of these for a 512GB RAID0 stripe setup, which practically doubles those numbers, with read speeds in particular shooting north of 1GB/s. Bundled with the drive comes a serial key for a free copy of Acronis drive cloning software - a god send if you don't want to start an OS install all over again, which I certainly didn't.
Reliable, fast, and relatively cheap - partly down to the fact that since Crucial themselves manufacture the Micron NAND found in all their SSDs, they can keep their production costs lower - which for us consumers, translates into a lower retail price.
The veteran M4 was a win for Crucial a few years ago, and this is another win. I certainly think it deserves the full five stars.
I thought about spending money upgrading the memory from 2gb of ram but when i ran the memory scanner it recommended this SSD drive. Everything I read said it would not run a SSD very well due to its age and there may be BIOS issues etc etc. But had to give the old girl a chance and took the plunge.
Crucial drive comes with licence for True Image from Acronis to clone the drive but I also purchased their SSD upgrade kit which provides all the leads and a spare case to turn the old HDD into a portable drive. Probably dont need this is you know what you are doing and have the correct leads but this helped me. I had terrible problems getting the drive cloning to work from within windows but read that it is more reliable using a boot disk version created within True Image to USB. I did this and it cloned first time in about 15 minutes. It allocated the extra storage equally across the 2 existing partitions which was fine.
My new SSD fitted perflectly in the cradle with the 4 existing screws. I then fired it up and held my breath and to my amazement it started perfectly. Windows loaded and all my programs and files were there. It needed one reboot to settle everything into place and now works perfectly just as before but feels slightly quicker but a lot more stable.
In terms of speed then it is not a massive improvement. The drive is read/writing about 125mb/s which is roughly a quarter the speed you would expect from sata 3 but it feels like a much more stable machine. No long pauses, no getting all muddled and freezing for ages when switching between chrome and explorer, files all load quickly and boot up and shut down much quicker.
Overall really delighted. Its put off upgrading my laptop for a while longer. This laptop has served me well and upgrade has prolonged the life and put off the need to use the dreaded windows 8 hopefully forever.
I used 'Paragon Disk Manager' to install and move data from the bigger HDD to the smaller SSD. It worked the first time in both systems.
The improvement in speed is very impressive. Windows' loading is twice as fast as before and all applications seem to run faster and smoother.
BUT not all has been smooth though. A few days in use and one morning my the laptop refused to boot. It reported that it could not find a boot drive. Asking to check cables or try another boot device.
Panic would have been an extreme understatement of how I felt. I saved long hours of very important work to my disk. The data lost would have been impossible to replace.
Whilst I have retrieved my data from damaged HDDs in the past, this is much less certain with SSD. Sending a damaged SSD for professional data retrieval can be very expensive as well as less certain than in the case of HDDs.
After an hour or so I switched the machine on again and was delighted to watch it boot without a problem. It has been working for a week since without a glitch. No idea whatsoever what made it report the error and refuse to boot. The installation was easy and there was no room for physical mistakes. It worked for days before and been working well since.
Lessons learned: Backup your data as frequently as you can.
I have inserted a 32GB SD card in the slot available on my laptop and have been saving all my work (manually) twice before I switch off, whilst I am searching for a more reliable automatic backup solution
Due to the demise of XP, and the awful performance of Vista Home Premium, I have upgraded to Windows 7 Pro. I decided to use a new disk for the software upgrade because I read that W7 wipes-out the disk contents during a new installation, and therefore I still have the Vista disk as insurance. So saying I migrated all the data from Vista to W7 with no problem, used the Easy Transfer utility to put data on an external drive, and then copied it into W7 after the installation was complete. Installation of W7 was also simple; put in the DVD, answer the usual questions and was surprised to find everything complete when I got back from making a coffee. With W7 I should be able to run TRIM commands to keep everything running nicely.
I now have 3 machines fitted with different SSDs. This Crucial MX100 drive was bought after some research online, and deciding whether I thought it was worth the risk. I have had no problems. A week is not really a long time but everything appears to be working well.
I have no complaints at all with the speed or the performance, but:
1) on 3 occasions recently the motherboard has not recognised the drive: this was cured in every case by disconnecting & reconnecting the SATA cable at the motherboard end - but it didn't inspire confidence.
2) On many, many occasions it freezes - the disk activity LED shows constant activity, but the task manager shows normal activity. This lasts for a minute or so then stops and all is back to normal - until the next time.
[Windows 7 64 bit]
Fortunately, before buying a replacement I decided to trawl through the 1-star reviews on here - and of course I found references to both problems, plus suggestions that I should update the firmware.
This I have done, using the Crucial Storage Executive [which has the additional advantage that I can run it occasionally to see if a further update is available]. Simplicity itself.
Problems cured - so that's saved me a lot of money... thanks to you, people.