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Crucial MX500 CT1000MX500SSD1 1 TB (3D NAND, SATA, 2.5 Inch, Internal SSD)
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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
- Dynamic Write acceleration delivers faster saves and file transfers
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Product Specifications: Brand: Crucial Form Factor: 2.5-inch internal SSD Total Capacity: 1TB Specs: 1TB 2.5-inch internal SSD - SATA 6.0Gb/s - 560 MB/s Read, 510 MB/s Write. Series: MX500 Product Line: Client SSD Interface: SATA 6.0Gb/s Device Type: Internal Solid State Drive. Unit Height: 7.0mm Form Factor: 2.5-inch (7mm) Package Content: 2.5-inch 7mm SSD SATA 6Gb/s, 7mm to 9.5mm spacer (Adapter), AcronisTrue Image for Crucial cloning software and installation instructions.
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After talking to Crucial's tech support, I found out that I would have to pay for shipping if I want to replace the drive under warranty, so keep that in mind.
I also found out that Crucial wants you to connect the drive to power for 20 minutes, then disconnect it, and then try it again. According to their support person that "very often" fixes the drive. You can decide for yourself whether you want to trust a drive with your data if it just randomly shuts itself down and needs to be revived like this.
This drive runs circles around my Toshiba Q-pro's from 2014 I will say that much, and those are MLC-NAND drives, this one being 3d TLC.
3D TLC removes a hurdle to extended sequential write performance, by allowing more parallelization of the writes for large files once the buffer fills up. TLC nand in 2d form used to slow way down to 120~160mb/s (almost hard drive speeds!) in the first few generations, but this 3d TLC is really fast stuff. This drive is rated for good levels of endurance, and you shouldn't use it up in under a few years without running a server.
Tried transferring some files off the RAID array (which can read faster than this drive) - Started at about 550mb/s and dropped to 495~508mb/s by the end of a 20.x GB transfer of random ZIP files of 300mb to 2.x GB in size while the drive was fresh and new, for a good accurate test.
GREAT performance on an intel Z97 / 4xxx series computer I built a few years ago.
Has GREAT random 4k performance IOPS too (this is what you'll use when you boot Windows and open many complex programs)
I am truly impressed by this drive. The data reads after a month or more haven't slowed down at all. I never bought a TLC-nand drive before, but this 3d TLC nand is really something. If you're an MLC-only kind of guy, and can't quite afford a Samsung 960 Pro NVME drive (or similar), pick this up to hold you over, you might just not care enough to upgrade it after that. It's quite snappy - totally shocked here.
So I found my new go-to for cheap data storage in a machine with about 7-8 SSD's in it, mostly Toshiba drives, if you need to add some storage or want a large boot drive for a new PC, this thing is great. It has pretty good endurance, too, you would be hard pressed to wear it out unless you ran a server, so no worries.
For the Techies:
The speeds on the 1TB model are EVEN BETTER than the 500gb model (though not by too much noticeably to the user), so I am really shocked.
Get the 1TB model if you can afford it. If you just browse the net and don't play many or any games, the 500gb or 256gb model may do just fine.
It's random 4k perf ties/beats my SSD RAID array on the motherboard and the SSD RAID Array on the LSI Megaraid server card, but to be honest, RAID arrays of SSD's while enhancing sequential speeds, don't boost up 4k performance much any, just so you know.
RAID= Redundant Array of Inexpensive Disks - these give you reading&writing your data fault tolerance, or more speed, or both, mostly they're for servers or high-end home computers and work-stations.
I do content creation, so I need data-redundancy here, and for that, and occasional large file editing on 3d terrain creation, this drive fits the bill!
Will be getting more of these guys. Can't recommend enough - same with all the tech-site reviewers.
I chose this brand because their website had information showing that it is compatible with my exact brand and model of desktop. They also had excellent instructions on their website for how to clone my old hard drive to the new one.
- Easy installation
- Easy to clone old hard drive (needed some extra devices / products to help with this)
- It was like my computer was exactly the same - all my programs and files were just there with the cloning process and now its super fast.
- The cloning software on Crucial's site is called Acronis. Not sure if this more recently available than some of the other reviews on here.
- Lightening fast boot up
- Bios instantly recognized the SSD as the boot drive. I didn't have to do any additional configuration.
- Information on Crucial's website was very helpful
- The cloning process involves some additional equipment like a SATA to USB cable that you'll use just one time. I bought this one: Sabrent USB 3.0 to SSD / 2.5-Inch SATA Hard Drive Adapter [Optimized For SSD, Support UASP SATA III] (EC-SSHD)
- It wasn't clear from Crucial's information that I would need to purchase a converter kit from the 2.5 inch drive to a 3.5 inch bay.
Every desktop and laptop is different, so the extra equipment you will need may be different from mine.
1. Be sure to back up all of your files prior to doing anything.
2. With the power to your computer OFF and UNPLUGGED, open the case and identify where your current hard drive is located. Figure out how it is mounted. Mine had rails that screwed in to the front of the bay and attached to the hard drive.
3. You'll probably need a converter kit if you're installing it on a desktop computer. Just search for 2.5 to 3.5 hard drive converter and you should find some options.
4. Buy a new SATA cable so you are getting the maximum performance from your new SSD. I bought this one: Monoprice 18-Inch SATA III 6.0 Gbps Cable with Locking Latch and 90-Degree Plug - Blue
5. Cloning is the easiest way to go, which means your operating system, files, software and everything need to be transferred from your old hard drive to your new one. The Acronis software from Crucial's website made this easy. There were a few little quirks with this:
a. The SSD has to be plugged into the PC, otherwise you cannot install the software. This is where the SATA to USB cable comes in real handy.
b. The software gives you the options of automatic or manual settings for cloning. On the SSD, you do not need a partition. There is no performance gain to this, so if your old hard drive is partitioned, you might want to choose the manual settings. I did the manual settings, just to make sure the software was reading the correct drives.
c. When you start the cloning process, you'll get a message that the PC needs to be restarted. You have to let it restart. When it does, the computer will go into a mode that is controlled by the Acronis software and it will start the cloning process. There is a check box to "Shut down when complete". Leave that checked.
d. Depending on how big your old hard drive is, this process will take SEVERAL HOURS. I started mine before I went to bed and everything was done when I woke up. It was probably about 3 hrs. Anyway, my point is that it's not something you'll finish in one evening.