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Crucial 256GB m4 SSD 2.5" Solid State Internal Drive with Data Transfer Kit

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Product Highlights
  • Laptop Fitting 2.5" Form Factor
  • SATA 6Gbps Interface
  • Easily Copy Entire Hard Drive With Kit
  • EZ Gig III Cloning & Imaging Software
  • Shirt Pocket SuperDuper! Software
  • No Moving Parts Increases Durability
  • Resistance To Shock & Vibration
  • Designed With MLC NAND
  • Backward Compatible With SATA 3 Gbps

The Crucial 256GB m4 SSD 2.5" Solid State Internal Drive with Data Transfer Kit combines a m4 solid state internal drive with a kit that facilitates a quick and simple data transfer from one drive to another. The Solid State Drive has a SATA interface and is capable of transfer speeds up to 6Gbps. It's designed with high-speed synchronous MLC NAND, advanced controller technology and optimized NAND management. Unlike traditional hard drives, the RealSSD features no moving parts, which provides quieter and cooler operation - as well as better durability.

The Data Transfer Kit makes it simple to copy everything from your old hard drive, including operating system, data, email settings and applications, to your m4 SSD. The kit comes with EZ Gig III Cloning and Imaging software if you use Windows and Shirt Pocket SuperDuper! software if you're working with a Mac. For convenience, Crucial adds a USB to SATA cable as well.

The standard SATA interface will dramatically improve your computer's data transfer speeds for bandwidth-demanding applications like audio and video. It will also improve everyday operations like viewing and editing photos and other media, gaming, communications, productivity and security. The m4 SSD provides blazingly fast, reliable data storage and retrieval, while the kit helps you upgrade your notebook drive in just three simple steps.

Blazing Data Transfer Speeds
The 2.5-inch Crucial m4 SSD drive offers laptop or notebook users fast sequential read speeds of up to 415MB/s and sequential write speeds of up to 260 MB/sec (SATA 6Gbps)
The Advantages of Solid State
SSDs provide many benefits over traditional hard drives. You'll enjoy reduced power consumption and less heat generation. Because they have no moving parts, SSDs are quiet, more lightweight, and they're rugged and reliable even in the most demanding operating environments or temperature extremes
Latest and Greatest
Designed for client computing, the Crucial m4 SSD delivers faster boot and application load times for mobile users alike. Low power, lightweight, and durable, it empowers high-speed synchronous MLC NAND, advanced controller technology, optimized NAND management, and the second-generation SATA 6Gb/s interface. Together, that technology dramatically improves data transfers for bandwidth-demanding applications
Memory Experts
Delivering on the highest quality based upon Micron's leading-edge NAND media,the Crucial brand of SSDs has long been synonymous with reliability and highperformance. And because we're part of Micron, the m4 was bred and built entirelyin-house. So you can rest assured you'll get one of the highest quality productsavailable-from the company that knows memory.
Data Transfer Kit
The Data Transfer Kit makes it simple to copy everything on your hard drive, including operating system, data, email settings and applications, to your Crucial m4 SSD. The kit includes EZ Gig III Cloning and Imaging Software for Windows users and Shirt Pocket's SuperDuper! software for Mac users. There's also a USB to SATA cable included in the kit, which is designed to upgrade your notebook drive in just three simple steps
Highly Compatible
The m4 SSD series drives employ a standard hard drive interface and dimensions, so it is an easy storage upgrade for most notebooks
Performance
Capacity 256GB
Interface SATA 6Gbps
Sustained Transfer Rate Up to 6Gbps
Backwards compatible with SATA 3Gbps
Maximum Data Rate Sequential Read: Up to 415MB/sec (SATA 6Gbps)
Sequential Write: up to 260 MB/sec (SATA 6Gbps)

Random 4k Read: 40,000 IOPS
Random 4k Write: 50,000 IOPS
Access Time On Average: <.1 ms
Reliability Data Reliability: Built-in EDC/ECC
PCMark Vantage Score: 65K HDD test score
Monitoring Self-monitoring, analysis, and reporting technology (SMART) command set
Controller Integrated 8-channel single chip
MTBF 1.2 Million Hours
Certification FCC, CE, RoHS, UL
General
System Requirements Not specified by the manufacturer
Software Windows Operating Systems: EZ Gig III Cloning and Imaging software Mac Operating Systems: Shirt Pocket SuperDuper! software
Power Supply 5V
Power Consumption Active Average Power: 160 mW
Idle Average Power: <85 mW
Environmental Requirements Operating Temperature: 32 to 158°F / 0 to 70°C
Non-Operating Temperature: -67 to 203°F / -55 to 95°C
Shock Resistant: 1500G / 1.0ms
Vibration Resistant: 2-500Hz at 3.1G
Dimensions (LxWxH) 3.95 x 2.75 x 0.37" / 10.05 x 6.99 x 0.95 cm
Weight 2.64 oz / 75 g
Crucial 256GB m4 SSD 2.5" Solid State Internal Drive with Data Transfer Kit
  • EZ Gig III Cloning & Imaging Software (Windows)
  • Shirt Pocket SuperDuper! Software (Mac)
  • USB To SATA Cable
  • 3-Year Limited Warranty
  • REVIEW SNAPSHOT®

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    Crucial256GB m4 SSD 2.5" Solid State Internal Drive with Data Transfer Kit
     
    4.8

    (based on 40 reviews)

    Ratings Distribution

    • 5 Stars

       

      (35)

    • 4 Stars

       

      (4)

    • 3 Stars

       

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    • 2 Stars

       

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      (1)

    97%

    of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

    Pros

    • Quiet (33)
    • Fast (28)
    • Easy to install (25)
    • Highly compatible (20)
    • Reliable (20)

    Cons

    • Pricey / poor value (7)

    Best Uses

    • High-end multimedia (6)
    • Laptops (3)
      • Reviewer Profile:
      • Heavy duty user (14), Frequent user (13), Power user (4), Tech professional (3)
      • Primary use:
      • Personal (20), Business (19)
      • Computer Platform:
      • Mac (5), PC (5)

    Most Liked Positive Review

     

    Great SSD and Easy To Use Transfer Kit

    I received the product from B&H in March but wanted to wait a while before submitting a review to better familiarize myself with the product.

    Overall I am highly impressed...Read complete review

    I received the product from B&H in March but wanted to wait a while before submitting a review to better familiarize myself with the product.

    Overall I am highly impressed with the quality of the 256GB Crucial M4 with Transfer Kit. It was a very easy step by step process to go from my much slower HDD to this very fast SSD using the supplied cloning tool.

    My main purpose for this drive is gaming and video editing. In use, this SSD greatly reduced my load times. I also use this SSD as my boot drive, Windows boot and Windows Update times have been reduced. No more waiting what seems like hours for updates to install when you're trying to shutdown.

    I also like Crucial's business model as they were willing to release firmware updates FOR FREE for all their devices unlike other manufacturers.

    As a side note I would greatly recommend keeping your old HDD installed (if you are using this SSD in a Desktop and have room for two drives) as a secondary HDD for storage (or as a Project Scratch Disk as I use with Adobe Premiere)

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    Most Liked Negative Review

     

    Don't buy this!

    If you're looking for an SSD card for the Black Magic Cinema Camera, this ISN'T the card for you. It won't work with the Black Magic Camera. It start to studder after approximately...Read complete review

    If you're looking for an SSD card for the Black Magic Cinema Camera, this ISN'T the card for you. It won't work with the Black Magic Camera. It start to studder after approximately 3-5 minutes. I spend over 2 hours on the phone with Crucial this afternoon, and even though they were very nice, they couldn't fix the problem. For the right SSD card for the BMCM, check out their website.

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    4.0

    Nice upgrade

    By Devo

    from Montreal, CA

    About Me Frequent User

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • Easy To Install
    • Fast
    • Highly Compatible
    • Quiet
    • Reliable

    Cons

    • Could Not Update Firmware

    Best Uses

    • High-End Multimedia

    Comments about Crucial 256GB m4 SSD 2.5" Solid State Internal Drive with Data Transfer Kit:

    I upgraded to this product from a HDD. This SSD is easy to install and use. The one issue I had was intrying to upgrade the firmware. I tried unsuccessfully using the application from Crucial's website. I then tried by using a boot drive. Neither worked. I did not have any spare CDs so I did not try creating a boot drive CD. Overall, I am happy with the change.

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    • Personal

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    5.0

    Great SSD

    By byant001

    from Soldotna, Alaska

    About Me Heavy Duty User

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • Easy To Install
    • Fast
    • Highly Compatible
    • Quiet
    • Reliable

    Cons

      Best Uses

        Comments about Crucial 256GB m4 SSD 2.5" Solid State Internal Drive with Data Transfer Kit:

        Arrived on time and the installation/cloning process went very smoothly and quickly. Highly recommend this product.

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        • Personal

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        1.0

        Don't buy this!

        By eric

        from Phoenix, Arizona

        About Me Frequent User

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

          Cons

          • Unreliable

          Best Uses

            Comments about Crucial 256GB m4 SSD 2.5" Solid State Internal Drive with Data Transfer Kit:

            If you're looking for an SSD card for the Black Magic Cinema Camera, this ISN'T the card for you. It won't work with the Black Magic Camera. It start to studder after approximately 3-5 minutes. I spend over 2 hours on the phone with Crucial this afternoon, and even though they were very nice, they couldn't fix the problem. For the right SSD card for the BMCM, check out their website.

            • Primary use:
            • Business

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            5.0

            Excellent Product

            By Princecookie

            from USA

            About Me Heavy Duty User

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

            • Easy To Install
            • Fast
            • Highly Compatible
            • Quiet
            • Reliable

            Cons

              Best Uses

                Comments about Crucial 256GB m4 SSD 2.5" Solid State Internal Drive with Data Transfer Kit:

                My original SSD was almost full so I purchased this along with the easy transfer kit. The transfer program installed without a hitch and the cloning process went flawlessly. I then swapped SSDs and the computer ran without any problems. Highly recomended.

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                • Personal

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                4.0

                This drive works great.

                By Billalt

                from St Louis MO

                About Me Heavy Duty User

                Verified Buyer

                Pros

                • Easy To Install
                • Fast
                • Quiet

                Cons

                • Expensive

                Best Uses

                  Comments about Crucial 256GB m4 SSD 2.5" Solid State Internal Drive with Data Transfer Kit:

                  The SSD was easy to install with the transfer kit. Boot time is greatly speeded up.

                  • Primary use:
                  • Business

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                  5.0

                  Makes the job simple

                  By TImbuktom

                  from Hollister, Missouri

                  About Me Frequent User

                  Verified Buyer

                  Pros

                  • Easy To Install
                  • Fast
                  • Highly Compatible
                  • Quiet
                  • Reliable

                  Cons

                    Best Uses

                    • High-End Multimedia

                    Comments about Crucial 256GB m4 SSD 2.5" Solid State Internal Drive with Data Transfer Kit:

                    The CD has all the instructions you need to change out the SSD in your laptop. Saves both time and money not having to send it to the shop. The cable is 2.0 USB and therefore quick enough to be manageable.

                    The drive is awesome. App load time is cut significantly. Highly recommend it. Haven't found a down side yet.

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                    5.0

                    Great

                    By Leo

                    from Murrieta Ca

                    About Me Heavy Duty User

                    Verified Buyer

                    Pros

                    • Easy To Install
                    • Fast
                    • Highly Compatible
                    • Quiet

                    Cons

                      Best Uses

                        Comments about Crucial 256GB m4 SSD 2.5" Solid State Internal Drive with Data Transfer Kit:

                        I used for my MacBook 13in
                        Very easy to install and use.

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                        • Personal

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                        5.0

                        Transfer Easy & Problem Free

                        By TravelMister

                        from Little Falls, MN

                        About Me Frequent User

                        Verified Buyer

                        Pros

                        • Easy To Install
                        • Fast
                        • Quiet

                        Cons

                          Best Uses

                            Comments about Crucial 256GB m4 SSD 2.5" Solid State Internal Drive with Data Transfer Kit:

                            Transfer of data from old drive to new SSD took about 3 hours for 180GB. Installation into a MSI PC laptop was problem free. SSD is fast and problem free.

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                            • Personal

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                            5.0

                            Easy way of improving laptop performance

                            By Technical Imaging

                            from Mount Laurel, NJ

                            About Me Heavy Duty User

                            Verified Buyer

                            Pros

                            • Easy To Install
                            • Fast
                            • Highly Compatible
                            • Quiet
                            • Reliable

                            Cons

                              Best Uses

                              • Battery Operation

                              Comments about Crucial 256GB m4 SSD 2.5" Solid State Internal Drive with Data Transfer Kit:

                              Easy way of increasing performance and extending battery life of an aging laptop. Cloning the original disk is very easy with the data transfer kit.

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                              • Business

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                              5.0

                              Terrific

                              By Heinz

                              from Melbourne Australia

                              About Me Frequent User

                              Pros

                              • Easy To Install
                              • Fast
                              • Highly Compatible
                              • Quiet
                              • Reliable

                              Cons

                                Best Uses

                                  Comments about Crucial 256GB m4 SSD 2.5" Solid State Internal Drive with Data Transfer Kit:

                                  Needed 1.2 hrs to do the job.Tosh runns like a charm.No problems and very easy to do.Only remark: The user manual for the cloning software was of an older version, please update.

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                                  5.0

                                  Nice kit, simple performance improvement

                                  By Technical Imaging

                                  from Mount Laurel, NJ

                                  About Me Heavy Duty User

                                  Verified Buyer

                                  Pros

                                  • Easy To Install
                                  • Fast
                                  • Highly Compatible
                                  • Quiet
                                  • Reliable

                                  Cons

                                    Best Uses

                                    • General purpose

                                    Comments about Crucial 256GB m4 SSD 2.5" Solid State Internal Drive with Data Transfer Kit:

                                    Simple-to-use kit for cloning your existing laptop's drive onto a fast solid-state drive. This is a simple, relatively inexpensive way of dramatically improving an aging laptop's performance.

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                                    • Business

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                                    5.0

                                    Worth it

                                    By amber d

                                    from Berkeley, CA

                                    Verified Buyer

                                    Pros

                                    • Easy To Install
                                    • Fast
                                    • Highly Compatible
                                    • Quiet
                                    • Reliable

                                    Cons

                                    • Expensive

                                    Best Uses

                                      Comments about Crucial 256GB m4 SSD 2.5" Solid State Internal Drive with Data Transfer Kit:

                                      After reading many online reviews about complications associated with upgrading your computer to a Solid State Drive, I was a bit worried about my decision to get one. However, all works as it should and my ancient (late 2007) MacBookPro works great. There were a few bugs in the system at first (primarily that it wouldn't wake up from sleep mode), but all that was fixed when I upgraded my OS. FYI, I also beefed up the RAM at the same time as installing SSD. I'm not a computer wiz but was able to do all installation myself with the help of some online video tutorials.

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                                      • Personal

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                                      5.0

                                      Superfast Drive, Excellent Software

                                      By Joe

                                      from Salt Lake City, Ut

                                      About Me Frequent User

                                      Verified Buyer

                                      Pros

                                      • Easy To Install
                                      • Fast
                                      • Highly Compatible
                                      • Quiet

                                      Cons

                                      • Expensive

                                      Best Uses

                                      • High-End Multimedia
                                      • Processing Intensive Apps
                                      • ReadWrite Intensive Apps

                                      Comments about Crucial 256GB m4 SSD 2.5" Solid State Internal Drive with Data Transfer Kit:

                                      I installed this drive in a new Windows 7 laptop. It is amazing. Using the software and the USB cable included in the kit, I copied the drive that came with the computer to this new drive. The process was very smooth. A few questions and easy to follow settings, then a 30 minute wait while copying.

                                      Once the copy finished, I installed the new drive, which is in a standard 2.5 inch 9mm laptop form factor. A few screws and a wiring harness connection is all it took. Powered on the computer and was blown away by the speed. Boot up time went from 90 + seconds to under 15. A few weeks out, performance is still just as good. I did not have to configure the BIOS or make any other tweaks to run at best speed, older OS do require some configuration to get best performance.

                                      A few notes of caution: 1. SSDs have a limited number of write cycles. I am running OS and applications only on the SSD, keeping data on a separate portable hard drive. 2. Not all SSDs are created equal, many brands suffer from random crashes. Not the case so far with this drive.

                                      My only compliant is the price. Although the price was very good for an SSD of this caliber, SSD is still pricey compared to traditional hard drive technology.

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                                      5.0

                                      Simple and easy SSD kit

                                      By Kristian

                                      from Wethersfield, CT

                                      About Me Frequent User

                                      Verified Buyer

                                      Pros

                                      • Easy To Install
                                      • Fast

                                      Cons

                                        Best Uses

                                        • Gaming
                                        • Reducing on off times

                                        Comments about Crucial 256GB m4 SSD 2.5" Solid State Internal Drive with Data Transfer Kit:

                                        I replaced my laptop's standard 5400rpm 1TB HDD with this SSD. The performance increase was impressive, but the real jawdropping part is how fast my computer can now turn on and be ready to use.

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                                        5.0

                                        Fast, reliable, affordable SSD

                                        By Jack Boar Pictures

                                        from New York, NY

                                        About Me Heavy Duty User

                                        Verified Buyer

                                        Pros

                                        • Cheap
                                        • Fast
                                        • Highly Compatible
                                        • Quiet
                                        • Reliable

                                        Cons

                                        • No case with it

                                        Best Uses

                                        • Film shooting
                                        • High-End Multimedia
                                        • Recording

                                        Comments about Crucial 256GB m4 SSD 2.5" Solid State Internal Drive with Data Transfer Kit:

                                        I bought this hard drive for my Blackmagic, but I'm using it also together with the HyperDeck to record Scarlet and Epic footage. The hard drive is fast and quiet and the cable can let you dump the footage immediately.

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                                        • Business

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                                        5.0

                                        Installation as expected

                                        By bb

                                        from Ohio

                                        About Me Frequent User

                                        Verified Buyer

                                        Pros

                                        • Easy To Install
                                        • Fast
                                        • Highly Compatible
                                        • Quiet

                                        Cons

                                          Best Uses

                                            Comments about Crucial 256GB m4 SSD 2.5" Solid State Internal Drive with Data Transfer Kit:

                                            Bought this 256gb ssd to replace my hard drive that was making mechanical noises. Installation as advertised without any problems. Included software worked fine. No software or firmware updates were researched prior to or after install. Everything seems to be working fine at this time. Windows 7 OS, Dell Studio laptop. Average home user w/o high demands. Reliability to be determined.

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                                            4.0

                                            Nice drive, didn't need the kit

                                            By nickname the nickname

                                            from MI

                                            Verified Buyer

                                            Pros

                                            • Easy To Install
                                            • Fast
                                            • Quiet
                                            • Reliable

                                            Cons

                                            • Expensive

                                            Best Uses

                                              Comments about Crucial 256GB m4 SSD 2.5" Solid State Internal Drive with Data Transfer Kit:

                                              Not sure if there was an option for buying it without the kit, but the drive works great.

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                                              • Personal

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                                              5.0

                                              Flawless and fast (enough)

                                              By NeverMind

                                              from Olympic Peninsula, WA

                                              About Me Heavy Duty User

                                              Verified Buyer

                                              Pros

                                              • Easy To Install

                                              Cons

                                                Best Uses

                                                • Speed up Vista boot

                                                Comments about Crucial 256GB m4 SSD 2.5" Solid State Internal Drive with Data Transfer Kit:

                                                Transfer and installation went without a hitch. Great solution to Windows' propensity to scatter key files all over a rotational medium. (Much easier than repartitioning and reinstalling everything).

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                                                • Personal

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                                                5.0

                                                I would buy this product again

                                                By Jared M

                                                from Miami, FL

                                                About Me Heavy Duty User

                                                Verified Buyer

                                                Pros

                                                • Fast
                                                • Highly Compatible
                                                • Quiet
                                                • Reliable

                                                Cons

                                                • Expensive

                                                Best Uses

                                                  Comments about Crucial 256GB m4 SSD 2.5" Solid State Internal Drive with Data Transfer Kit:

                                                  Install was easy but instructions were not great for cloning a Mac drive if you are not sure what to do.
                                                  Product works great.

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                                                  • Business

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                                                  5.0

                                                  Takes me back when SCSI was introduced

                                                  By Pat

                                                  from CA

                                                  About Me Frequent User

                                                  Verified Buyer

                                                  Pros

                                                  • Fast
                                                  • Highly Compatible
                                                  • Quiet

                                                  Cons

                                                  • Expensive

                                                  Best Uses

                                                  • High-End Multimedia

                                                  Comments about Crucial 256GB m4 SSD 2.5" Solid State Internal Drive with Data Transfer Kit:

                                                  The SSD technology is going through growing pains indeed. However, I realize now that photographers use SSD drives for their superior speed in running applications and loading the OS.

                                                  Very nice drive.

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                                                  • Business

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