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About this product
- Product DescriptionThe Crucial Technology M4 is a 2.5-inch solid state drive that allows you to store, share, and enjoy loads of digital content. Absence of moving parts in this Crucial Technology 256 GB SSD results in a quieter and cooler operation and also increases its durability. The Crucial Technology M4 has a SATA interface with 6 Gbps data transfer speed that allows for fast data access. With low power consumption, this Crucial Technology 256 GB SSD generates low heat. This 2.5-inch solid state drive has excellent storage, backup, and archiving abilities and is perfect for your laptop.
- Capacity256 GB
- Hard Drive TypeSSD
- Spindle Speed4200 RPM
- InterfaceSerial ATA
- DesignationLaptop Computer
- External Data Transfer Rate415 Mbps
- Form Factor2.5"
- Height0.37 in.
- Width3.95 in.
- Depth2.75 in.
- Weight0.17 lbs
Most relevant reviews
- a1online98Jan 01, 2013by
Buyer Beware...This is Not Ready for Prime Time
Product: Crucial 256 GB m4 2.5-Inch Solid State Drive SATA 6Gb/s (CT256M4SSD2) About Me: I am a computer programmer with a strong background in Information Technology. My friends, family and co-workers would consider me an experienced computer user. I have built several systems from scratch, replaced nearly any internal part of a computer and installed/configured operating systems hundreds of times. With all of that being said, this is my first experience with a solid state drive. My Experience: The same day I ordered my new Dell XPS 17 3D Laptop, I ordered this drive (I didn't feel the need to pay Dell twice the money for the same sized SSD). Both items arrived at the same time. I immediately removed the factory hard drive and installed the Crucial M4. I used my Windows 7 Ultimate OEM DVD and installed a clean copy of Windows. Once Windows was loaded, I read some articles online and made sure that all of the BIOS and Windows settings were properly configured for a SSD (Windows configured everything for this automatically). I was able to load Windows 7, my drivers, Visual Studio 2010, SQL Server 2008, Microsoft Office, Eclipse, JAVA, and all of the updates related to all of these products in well under 3 hours. This was a record setting pace and I was really enjoying this new upgrade. When I went to work the following Monday, everything was great. Exactly 34 days into the drive, I received the BSOD. I thought it was odd, but figured it was Windows and I didn't think much of it. Upon the re-boot, the computer went into "Startup Repair" mode. After 20 minutes the computer re-booted and began doing a CHKSDK. Amazingly there were 5 or 6 disk errors. CHKDSK fixed all of the problems and I was able to resume working on my new computer. Upon reading about SSD technology, I found that this seemed to be a rare occurrence. SSD's should last for 7-10 years! I cautiously went about my business when I got another BSOD 3 days later. This time the CHKSDK found hundreds of errors, and the computer wouldn't stay on for more than 5 minutes without a BSOD. I logged into Amazon and was instructed to call Crucial since it had been more than 30 days. After a 10 minute call with Crucial, I was sent a different drive. Understandably, they will not send you a replacement first without a full deposit. I gave them my credit card and paid for overnight shipping since it was late in the week and I needed to be back and running soon (They wouldn't even pay for standard shipping). Upon receiving the second drive I noticed that it was a refurbished drive!!! Not only did I get stuck with the shipping, but the drive is now refurbished?!? I began the process of getting my computer back up. Unfortunately, I was extremely busy in the prior month and didn't create a system image!!! I had to re-install everything, but that was my own fault. Immediately after installing all of my programs and files I used the Windows 7 backup utility to create a system image. I then continued working as I normally did. After another 46 days with my second drive I received another BSOD. This time I immediately called Crucial. While on the phone with Crucial, I decided to remove the hard drive and attach it to an external cable to try and recover data via USB to another computer. Shortly after trying this I began to receive error messages that pointed to a bad disk. The support technician seemed baffled and stated she had never heard of 2 hard drives failing. She determined, somehow, that s Read full review
- j.carrisonJan 12, 2013by
Works well for my needs...I think most would agree
I bought this to increase my SDD size. Nothing wrong with older drive ..Just to small(40 gb). The data transfer software and cable worked flawlessly surprise.I was actually surprised by a slight boost in performance as measured with windows.Running older system at SATA2 so not realizing what this drive could do.
- the_ixNov 28, 2011by
Great SSD to get if your mainboard supports SATA III.
I bought this SSD because my G.Skill Phoenix Pro 120GB is not enough. Games are really huge these days. Since my mainboard(Asus P8P67 Pro) natively supports SATA III (6Gbps) so I gain max potential from Crucial M4. AS SSD benchmark shows Seq. read of 516.53MB/s and 287.58MB/s. Total AS SSD score of 693. Windows Experience Index got 7.9/7.9 on Drive Performance (G.Skill Phoenix Pro 120GB got 7.6/7.9) Pro - More stable compared to Sandforce-2200 based SSD. No BSOD or performance issue so far. - Worldwide warranty. - Super fast SSD with competitive price (256GB Model) if your mainboard supports SATA III. - Comes with Data Transfer Kit. Con - Does not come with 2.5" to 3.5" bracket (CT256M4SSD2CCA model). If you're going to use this P/N with a desktop PC without 2.5" mounting holes chassis then you need to get 2.5" to 3.5" bracket yourself or buy the one that has a bracket bundled, P/N ending with "BAA", instead. - Write speed still lags behind those Sandforce-2200 based SSD. Read full review
- dmiller31Dec 25, 2012by
A worthwhile upgrade
I have used Crucial memory for years, and decided to try one of their solid state hard drives in an older laptop. The laptop had a dual core 2.0. It took almost 3 minutes for this laptop to boot up before I installed the Solid State Hard Drive. Now, it boots up in less than 30 seconds. Everything including the internet is almost instant. This is well worth the effort and expense.
- partspackFeb 04, 2012by
Reliable and fast enough
Works very well and is very stable. No blue screens like you read about in a lot of reviews. This isn't the fastest drive out there but is definitely fast enough and more importantly is reliable. I used it in a MBP 15 and used superduper to clone the drive. It worked perfectly. I'm fairly new to macs so I didn't realize that you have to partition the drive first. That was the only minor set back with my installation. Also, if you just bought the mac when you are installing make sure you keep looking for all of the lion updates. When I first installed its was taking 40 seconds to boot. After all of the lion updates it boots in less than 20 seconds.