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Crucial MX300 1TB 3D NAND SATA 2.5 Inch Internal SSD - CT1050MX300SSD1
- 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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Increase the speed, durability, and efficiency of your system for years to come with the Crucial MX300 SSD. Boot up in seconds and fly through the most demanding applications with an SSD that fuses the latest 3D NAND Flash technology with the proven success of previous mx-series SSDs. Your storage drive isn't just a container, it's the Engine that loads and saves everything you do and use. Get more out of your computer by boosting nearly every aspect of performance.
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Crucial MX300 Solid State Drive
Instant performance that lasts.
Increase the speed, durability, and efficiency of your system for years to come with the Crucial MX300 SSD. Boot up in seconds and fly through the most demanding applications with an SSD that fuses the latest 3D NAND flash technology with the proven success of previous MX-series SSDs. Your storage drive isn’t just a container, it’s the engine that loads and saves everything you do and use. Get more out of your computer by boosting nearly every aspect of performance.
Micron quality - a higher level of reliability.
As a brand of Micron, one of the largest flash storage manufacturers in the world, the Crucial MX300 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 MX300 has been thoroughly tried, tested, and proven. You’ll notice the difference.
Instantly improve system performance
The Crucial MX300 reaches read speeds up to 530 MB/s and write speeds up to 510 MB/s* on all file types so you can boot up almost instantly, reduce load times, and accelerate demanding applications with ease. Plus, our Dynamic Write Acceleration technology uses an adaptable pool of high-speed, single-level cell flash memory to generate blistering speeds throughout the drive’s long life.
Over 90x more energy efficient than a typical hard drive**
Extreme Energy Efficiency technology within the Crucial MX300 reduces the amount of active power usage that’s consumed by the drive. The Crucial MX300 extends your laptop’s battery life by using only 0.075W of power, compared to a typical hard drive which uses 6.8W.
Entrust your files to a drive that lasts
With an endurance rating of up to 220TB total bytes written, the Crucial MX300 is engineered with Micron 3D NAND to deliver years of fast performance. The 3D NAND leverages larger NAND cells to improve performance and prolong endurance.
Protect your data with AES 256-bit hardware-based encryption, RAIN technology, Exclusive Data Defense technology, and the durability inherent in SSD design.
Keep your system cool
In addition to lower active power usage, Adaptive Thermal Protection technology dynamically adjusts storage component activity. This helps keep your system cool and minimizes the risk of damage caused by overheating.
Boost drive performance by up to 10x with Crucial Storage Executive***
This downloadable tool is easy to use and helps monitor and enhance the performance of your Crucial MX300 – update to the latest firmware and enable the Momentum Cache feature in Storage Executive to instantly improve burst performance.
Note: 1GB equals 1 billion bytes. Actual useable capacity may vary.
*Based on the published specs of the 525GB model. Speeds based on internal testing. Actual performance may vary.
**Active average power use comparison based on published specs of the 750GB Crucial MX300 SSD and the 1TB Western Digital Caviar Blue WD10EZEX internal hard drive, which, as of January 2016, is one of the industry’s top-selling internal hard drives. All other capacities of the Crucial MX300 SSD have comparable active average power consumption specs, with the exception of the 2050GB version of the drive, which consumes 0.15W.
***Validated by testing included in the “Enhance Burst Performance on Micron and Crucial SSDs Using Momentum Cache” whitepaper
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The SSD itself is great, startup time went from > 2 minutes to under 20 seconds and has drastically improved what appeared to be a dying 2012 Macbook Pro! It's amazing how changing from an HDD to an SSD can drastically speed up your computer.
Remember the price of these (and all other SSDs, and RAM) will fluctuate with the general price of flash memory.
Without upgdate, if the drive is connected to ASM-106x Sata 6G controller, you only get 300MB/s (3Gbps SATA II) speed. If connected to the Intel sata controller (Yellow ports) you only get 1.5Gbps (150MB/s).
On crucial's website, I downloaded the mx300_revM0CR060_bootable_media_update.iso and created a bootable USB drive. After booting with the drive the update process is fully automatic, without any choosing/confirming option. After update it says press any key to shutdown.
The help document suggests using "Crucial Storage Executive" software, but crashes every time when starting so it cannot be used to update MX300.
After updating to M0CR060, the ASM-106x still runs at SATA II, but the Intel controller now runs at 6Gbps (with actual 400MB/s drive speed).
I also purchased a USB 3.0 enclosure instead of using a data transfer cable, which are sold separately. I am using the removed HDD in the enclosure as a 1 TB back up drive. I added a partition to separate the mirror OS from file back ups. In the event the SSD should fail, the HDD can be reinstalled to get the laptop back to operational status within minutes (excluding time needed to install any Windows updates issued after the drives swapped out).
In summary, the laptop is now running much better than even when new. I am very impressed with the performance. Wished I had done this upgrade years ago.
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Was my first time replacing HDD with SSD, with some reading and research, managed to do it without much problems.
Now the four year old laptop is seriously quick! Of course time will tell how well the drive performs.
If no updates here, means all is good :)
If anyone considering upgrading computer / laptop with SSD, go to Crucial UK website, find the free little software that will scan your computer and advise you which drive to buy. Then buy it from Amazon, you will save £££.
UPDATE... Four months on, laptop is working well. Battery lasts much longer with SSD.
The laptop is a recent (2017) MSI Apache 17”. It has space for one PCIe SSD and one standard SATA 3. I chose to go with a standard SATA because I’m lazy and didn’t want to mess about with moving the system disk.
Anyway, all good, and decent for a SSD (but not outstanding figures) in CrystalDiskMark. That is until I downloaded Crucial Storage Executive and enabled momentum cache.
The figures speak for themselves (see my screenshot of CrystalDiskMark).
I've also added a second image from Task Manager showing how momentum cache works. The G drive is a traditional HDD transferring 25GB of data to F, a 1TB SSD with momentum enabled (I'm actually installing the game Fallout 4 from G to F). You can see that the SSD only occasionally writes data (about once every 10s).
What are the downsides of doing this?
Momentum cache uses your PC memory as a read/write cache, so you need to have a decent amount of memory. My laptop has 16GB, so all good there. I suspect it will work less well for 4GB systems, or if you are using a power-hungry application (such as Adobe Premiere, which I use). It also increases the CPU overhead.
EDIT: I're realised Windows 10 Task Manager > Memory shows you the RAM cache (its marked as 'memory that has to be saved to disk before it can be used for something else' or words to that effect). I copied over the full install folder of Fallout 4 plus DLCs
(29.6GB) onto a Momemtum enabled drive and the cache varied between 1 and 1.5GB. So the 4GB is never reached; more like >2GB.
Crucial strongly recommend a battery backup if you use momentum cache (i.e. you can lose the cached data on a power fail), so other things equal you should only really enable it on a laptop.
The cache is written to the real SSD on power off, so system shutdown takes longer (by 5-10s, so significant).
But yeah, just look at those figures; well recommended for laptops with memory to spare; your system flies!
Edit: Another good thing about the Crucial I'm finding is that it uses devSleep much more often than other SSDs. Since writing this review (5 months), the up-time for my SSD (according to CrystalDiskInfo) is only 9 hours when the physical up-time has been office hours (8.5 hours a day, 5 days a week). The low up-time saves both power and wear and tear, with no noticeable affect on access time. DevSleep only seems to kick in on laptops (it does not seem to affect my desktop), but is certainly something that will extend your laptop battery life (especially if you have two drives) and the life of the SSDs themselves. Oh, I also suspect the up-time is coming out so low because of Momentum Cache (RAM caching means less access requests to the SSD and more devSleep down-time), so devSleep and Momentum cache probably work together).
Had a problem with a Crucial M4 until they finally fixed the firmware, this is the same issue (a long power cycle usually brings it back), but then it just randomly disappears again - completely unreliable. I have updated this MX300 525gb with the latest firmware, tried using different SATA ports and different SATA cables - either it hates my build of Windows or my motherboard, or I'm just unlucky as most reviews seem positive.
Loath to return as I got it at a great price on a lightning deal, but completely pointless if I can't rely on it staying available
Only downside is no cables included in the box. You will need an adaptor / cradle also if installing in a full size bay.
I installed into a desktop. Briefly this is how I went about it
- Unplug PC
- Take the sides off, install drive plugging in a spare power cable and a SATA cable to the motherboard.(neither cable is provided)
- Boot it up as normal
- Go to disk management and format the disk (it showed up in BIOS but not in file explorer)
- Load Crucial's software (Acronis) and clone the disk. This took about 20 mins for circa 400Gb and worked flawlessly.
- Have cup of tea and slice of cake
- Well nearly, use the bundled software to wipe your old disk and go back to disk management to reformat your original drive.
- More tea
Really disappointed. If you think you have a great product, stand behind it with a warranty that is meaningful.
The HP Pavillion 15 (AU) itself was a nightmare to split open - not the "All Pavillions open like this" and even after all the screws were loosened it didn't want to pop open, but I was not going to be beaten.
I have done a couple of these before and used EaseUS (as beloved by Internet howto guides) but it didn't want to play ball as apparently there was a fault on the source disk, not that Windows could detect it.
So used the Crucial supplied utility which was straightforward - went with the automatic mode, it picked up the error and did a sector by sector copy. Although the source disk was nearly empty, it lied about the time and I left it running over night with 1 hour 20 minutes remaining of a 1:38 install after an hour of running.
Summary of all that - not for the novice or feint-hearted.
Come morning, one absolutely transformed PC - start up time from cold less than 10 seconds. Daughter grinning in disbelief. Job done. Slightly less hair than yesterday, but that's what fathers are for.
Installed it into a brand new Dell 15 5567 laptop which had a pretty sluggish 1TB hard drive and makes a big difference.
Ordered the Sabrent USB 3.0 to SSD adapter with the hard drive and connected it, I installed the Acronis software that comes with the Crucial hard drive (via a download and supplied serial) and found it worked fine for me although some other people have had problems with it.
Going down in size from a 1Tb to 500Gb hard drive was now problem for the Acronis cloning software and was all done in about 1/2 Hr.
Drive cloned, opened up the laptop and removed the 1Tb drive and installed the Crucial.
Fired up straight away and was a lot quicker than the standard setup.
Would recommend you install the Crucial Storage Executive software from the Crucial website though as upon checking there was a firmware upgrade for the Hard drive and is easily installed via the Exectutive software. One thing to note though as the firmware upgrades the computer restarts and mine got stuck in a loop constantly restarting until I hit the F12 key to tell the systen to boot via the windows boot and not the crucial software update, then the system ran normally.
This SSD drive is physically smaller than the original used in an iMac. I used a cradle to instal drive but you could install without cradle on an iMac - just use double sided tape if you need to save a few pounds but of course, not a professional job. Would recommend using a cradle for a laptop as movement could allow the drive to come loose.
I used SSD fan control software to overcome the issue of fans running full throttle. Been using for 8 months without any problems. I did look at adapting the wiring harness but thought it was worth trying the SSD fan control software first (as its free). No reason to use anything else - work perfectly.
I also use smc Fan control which allows individual settings - but it's not needed. It works for me and runs alongside SSD fan control without any conflict.
Go for it, watch a few YouTube vids on how to swap out HD - it really is easy if you take a little time and don't rush. Also, check out iFixit and the Crucial website.
Good luck & welcome to a fast Mac again.
I was able to transfer games over in seconds due to the insanely fast reading speeds and games now load like 10x faster than my old hard drive. 525GB for £110 seemed like a lot at first but trust me if you play a lot of games or transfer files often you will not regret purchasing this.
Due to the case I'm using this little drive just screws onto the bottom of my case on display and I personally think it looks good.
Besides loading games quickly and looking good I'm sure this can be used to bring old laptops or just old computers in general back to life. If your computer is running slow and all you do on it is web surf and do work this will surely bring your old rust bucket back to life which saves you going out and repurchasing a whole new computer. It seriously is a miracle worker and if you don't own a solid state drive yet I seriously recommend that you do. You don't know what you're missing out on.
After opening the box I noticed no screws for mounting so I had to goto my screw box to hunt for the correct screws.
The box contained a slip of paper informing me of being able to clone my old drive using a tool from the Crucial website
which I installed soon as I installed the drive. The clone took about 10 minutes and when I booted up the clone drive it
booted in seconds. Ran a speed test on the drive and compared to my old drive and the results were interesting, it's a
slower reader but a faster writer which works for me. I'm very happy with the speed it took to get this drive up and running.
Update: Oh lord. Game loading times significantly reduced. I'm mainly playing Destiny 2, The Division and other first person shooters. And the reduced loading times can definitely be noticed!!!