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Crucial Technology256GB RealSSD C300 2.5" SATA 6Gbps Solid State Drive
 
4.6

(based on 21 reviews)

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95%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Fast (21)
  • Quiet (19)
  • Easy to install (16)
  • Highly compatible (12)
  • Reliable (12)

Cons

No Cons

Best Uses

  • High-end multimedia (6)
  • Gaming (3)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Heavy duty user (18), Frequent user (3)
    • Primary use:
    • Business (11), Personal (10)

Most Liked Positive Review

 

Good product so far, but still expensive

Here's what it comes down to: if you care about value for money, you should probably go for the Seagate Momentus XT Hybrid Drive. I haven't tried one, but as of Sept...Read complete review

Here's what it comes down to: if you care about value for money, you should probably go for the Seagate Momentus XT Hybrid Drive. I haven't tried one, but as of Sept 2010, it's *a lot* less expensive, and from what I read, it's plenty fast for most use cases.

If you're willing to spend, and use your laptop all day for work (like I do), then this SSD is the state of the art right now. It's expensive, but it's wicked fast and everything on the system feels snappy. It's a bit like switching to Google Chrome - it doesn't feel that different at first, but you feel the pain when you switch back.

A caveat: I've had this for less than a month, so I can't say anything about long term reliability or performance.

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Most Liked Negative Review

 

Great for a couple hours...then not...

Bought to use as OS/Boot drive for a new computer build using ASUS P6X58D Premium Motherboard, 12Gb RAM. The ASUS board has 6GB/S SATA which this drive is supposed to be great...Read complete review

Bought to use as OS/Boot drive for a new computer build using ASUS P6X58D Premium Motherboard, 12Gb RAM. The ASUS board has 6GB/S SATA which this drive is supposed to be great with. Did a fresh install of Windows 7 64-bit, performed updates, everything went smoothly and was working great. Fantasticly fast boot/shutdown times! After sitting for a couple hours the screen was black and system was locked/unresponsive, had to power off and reboot. After that experienced any number of different boot failures, BSOD's, all kinds of different error codes and very slow to do even that. Could not get to boot again. Reformatted and tried clean Windows install 3 more times without success. Reinstalled Windows on a fresh regular Hard Drive and system works fine, so tried to clone from Hard Drive to the Crucial C300 and the clone failed with "unwriteable" errors. I give up and am returning the C300 until the technology stabilizes. In the meantime my Hard Drive based system has been running perfectly. Based on how it worked at first I think it would be absolutely awesome if it kept working!

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5.0

CRUCIAL SSD 256 GB

By RPV Bill

from RPV, CA

About Me Heavy Duty User

Verified Buyer

Pros

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

Cons

  • None at this time

Best Uses

  • Gaming
  • High-End Multimedia

Comments about Crucial Technology 256GB RealSSD C300 2.5" SATA 6Gbps Solid State Drive:

This is a second SSD from Crucial that I have installed in an existing laptop. It really speeds up the bootup process and file loading of large files is also much quicker. Bootups take about 50% of the time it took with my original hard drive.
This is a great way to improve an older laptop performance without any major hardware or software changes.
I would highly recommend the Acronis Cloning utility software for moving your existing hard drive data & OS to the new SSD. It takes some time, but it is all automatic with little operator intervention.
Also make sure you do a disk cleanup and defrag the old hard drive before using the disk cloning software. This will reduce possible errors and makes the cloning go faster.

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5.0

So far so good!

By Jim the Astrophotographer

from Fullerton, CA

About Me Heavy Duty User

Verified Buyer

Pros

  • Easy To Install
  • Fast

Cons

    Best Uses

      Comments about Crucial Technology 256GB RealSSD C300 2.5" SATA 6Gbps Solid State Drive:

      I have been using the C300 256GB SSD for a couple of weeks now, and it has worked flawlessly. I am using it with an Asus P6X58D Premium MB on a SATA III port as by boot drive. Windows 7 64 bit loaded without a hitch. The SSD's transfer rates match what was advertised. What more can you ask for?

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      • Personal

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      5.0

      Best overall speed boost...

      By Bertzilla

      from Toronto, Canada

      About Me Heavy Duty User

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

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

      Cons

      • None

      Best Uses

      • Gaming
      • High-End Multimedia

      Comments about Crucial Technology 256GB RealSSD C300 2.5" SATA 6Gbps Solid State Drive:

      Already my second C300, with the first giving a significant speed boost to my 3 year old Dell notebook and now this second one has gone into my high end workstation to give it the drive throughput that I have been looking for. Crucial makes a great SSD, works right out of box. Highly recommend this product for anyone looking to give either their notebook or desktop a much needed boost in performance.

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      4.0

      A great upgrade for a laptop's HDD!

      By wizentrop

      from Israel

      About Me Heavy Duty User

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Easy To Install
      • Fast
      • Quiet
      • Reliable

      Cons

      • Expensive

      Best Uses

      • Upgrade from HDD

      Comments about Crucial Technology 256GB RealSSD C300 2.5" SATA 6Gbps Solid State Drive:

      I bought this SSD to upgrade my core i7 MacBook Pro.
      This SSD is fast and reliable. I have it as the boot drive and now my MacBook Pro boots extremely fast and remains cool most of the time (if you have a 2011 MacBook Pro you know that over-heating is sometimes a problem). The SSD also increases the battery life a little. My stock HDD is now where the superdrive used to be (I wasn't using it anyway, so I took it out of the laptop).
      Crucial sometimes post firmware updates for the SSD on their website. I tried updating my SSD's firmware with no success. However, it does run smoothly and I have no issues with its performance, so I don't mind not upgrading the firmware.

      I use Mac OSX 10.6.7 that supports TRIM via Trim enabler. This is very important for Mac users. There are various discussions online about the importance of TRIM support for the performance of an SSD, so make sure you check them out before buying a SSD.

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      • Personal

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      5.0

      I want a second one

      By Zac

      from Los Angeles, CA

      About Me Heavy Duty User

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Fast
      • Quiet

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Gaming
        • High-End Multimedia

        Comments about Crucial Technology 256GB RealSSD C300 2.5" SATA 6Gbps Solid State Drive:

        Fantastic drive. Performance for random reads is really top of the market at the moment, including the newer drives.

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        • Business

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        5.0

        Super fast!

        By StewCat

        from LA

        About Me Heavy Duty User

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Fast

        Cons

        • Difficult To Install

        Best Uses

        • Basic GUI speed up

        Comments about Crucial Technology 256GB RealSSD C300 2.5" SATA 6Gbps Solid State Drive:

        Put this in a Mac Mini, really enjoying the speed of opening programs, GUI etc. Great stuff.

        It's only difficult to install on the Mac Mini, laptops would be easier.

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        • Business

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        5.0

        Super Great Drive

        By ewaldo

        from bakersfield, ca

        About Me Heavy Duty User

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

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

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • High-End Multimedia

          Comments about Crucial Technology 256GB RealSSD C300 2.5" SATA 6Gbps Solid State Drive:

          This is a great drive. Super fast

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          • Business

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          5.0

          Blazing Fast

          By Free

          from Winnipeg Manitoba Canada

          About Me Heavy Duty User

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

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

          Cons

          • A bit pricy

          Best Uses

            Comments about Crucial Technology 256GB RealSSD C300 2.5" SATA 6Gbps Solid State Drive:

            Installed this SSD in my core I5 Macbook Pro went from 45 seconds to get to login to 6s.
            Just backup existing drive with SuperDuper to new SSD & swapped out the stock HD.

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            • Personal

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            4.0

            VERY FAST!

            By Lessandro

            from Porto Alegre,Brazil

            About Me Frequent User

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

            • Easy To Install
            • Fast
            • Highly Compatible
            • Quiet

            Cons

            • Price
            • Storage

            Best Uses

            • Recording audo

            Comments about Crucial Technology 256GB RealSSD C300 2.5" SATA 6Gbps Solid State Drive:

            I bought this C300 SSD for use with audio recording. I was impressed with the amount of channels that could play along with a high resolution audio. I compared with 2 hds in raid 0. On C300, the channels played quietly. On raid 0, many channels have failed. The reading speed of this C300 SSD is very fast. I want to buy another to increase storage capacity.

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            5.0

            works great

            By ivan

            from nyc

            About Me Frequent User

            Verified Reviewer

            Pros

            • Easy To Install
            • Fast
            • Quiet
            • Reliable

            Cons

              Best Uses

                Comments about Crucial Technology 256GB RealSSD C300 2.5" SATA 6Gbps Solid State Drive:

                I am using it in MacBook Pro "Core Duo" 2.0. It's great improvement for speed. To start OS, to open software or to copy files is significantly faster. In Photoshop with old 7200 HD it would take up to 18sec to open 100mb file now with SSD it takes 3sec. It feel like new computer. SSD technology is quite amazing and the future as well. Let's hope the price/size will be more acceptable soon.

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                5.0

                Outstanding performance-the way to go

                By Professor Joe

                from Tullahoma, TN

                About Me Heavy Duty User

                Verified Buyer

                Pros

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

                Cons

                  Best Uses

                    Comments about Crucial Technology 256GB RealSSD C300 2.5" SATA 6Gbps Solid State Drive:

                    Screaming fast HDD. Best on the planet. [...] This harddrive is ranked no. 1 on [@] harddrive benchmark dot net. See for yourself [@]

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                    1.0

                    Great for a couple hours...then not...

                    By Ken

                    from Canton, MI

                    About Me Heavy Duty User

                    Verified Buyer

                    Pros

                    • Easy To Install
                    • Fast
                    • Quiet

                    Cons

                    • Unreliable

                    Best Uses

                      Comments about Crucial Technology 256GB RealSSD C300 2.5" SATA 6Gbps Solid State Drive:

                      Bought to use as OS/Boot drive for a new computer build using ASUS P6X58D Premium Motherboard, 12Gb RAM. The ASUS board has 6GB/S SATA which this drive is supposed to be great with. Did a fresh install of Windows 7 64-bit, performed updates, everything went smoothly and was working great. Fantasticly fast boot/shutdown times! After sitting for a couple hours the screen was black and system was locked/unresponsive, had to power off and reboot. After that experienced any number of different boot failures, BSOD's, all kinds of different error codes and very slow to do even that. Could not get to boot again. Reformatted and tried clean Windows install 3 more times without success. Reinstalled Windows on a fresh regular Hard Drive and system works fine, so tried to clone from Hard Drive to the Crucial C300 and the clone failed with "unwriteable" errors. I give up and am returning the C300 until the technology stabilizes. In the meantime my Hard Drive based system has been running perfectly. Based on how it worked at first I think it would be absolutely awesome if it kept working!

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                      • Personal

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                      4.0

                      Awesome product

                      By Steven N

                      from Seattle, WA

                      About Me Frequent User

                      Verified Buyer

                      Pros

                      • Fast
                      • Quiet
                      • Reliable

                      Cons

                        Best Uses

                          Comments about Crucial Technology 256GB RealSSD C300 2.5" SATA 6Gbps Solid State Drive:

                          This thing is awesome. Very quiet, low-power, and very very fast.

                          It's worth noting that if you don't have the TRIM extension, performance will degrade over time. Windows 7 and Linux both support TRIM, but Mac OS X doesn't at time of this writing. If you're a Mac user, I recommend the OWC Mercury Extreme Pro as an alternative.

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                          5.0

                          Lightning Fast

                          By Dave

                          from Canberra Australia

                          About Me Heavy Duty User

                          Verified Buyer

                          Pros

                          • Easy To Install
                          • Fast
                          • Quiet

                          Cons

                            Best Uses

                              Comments about Crucial Technology 256GB RealSSD C300 2.5" SATA 6Gbps Solid State Drive:

                              Replaced my main boot drive with this unit and now it boots in under 20 seconds.

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                              • Personal

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                              5.0

                              Great Backup Media

                              By PowerUser

                              from Lewisburg, WV

                              About Me Heavy Duty User

                              Verified Buyer

                              Pros

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

                              Cons

                              • Formats down to 238GB

                              Best Uses

                              • Very fast backup media

                              Comments about Crucial Technology 256GB RealSSD C300 2.5" SATA 6Gbps Solid State Drive:

                              I use this product as backup media. Backing up 640GB onto this SSD takes about 20 minutes (using max compression)

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                              5.0

                              Light-weight, cool, fast, as expected!

                              By Aaron

                              from Yokohama, Japan

                              About Me Heavy Duty User

                              Verified Buyer

                              Pros

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

                              Cons

                              • None

                              Best Uses

                              • Daily Productivity Boost
                              • Database Design
                              • High-End Multimedia

                              Comments about Crucial Technology 256GB RealSSD C300 2.5" SATA 6Gbps Solid State Drive:

                              I wanted to upgrade my core i5 MacBook Pro to take advantage of the additional speed an SSD would provide. After doing some research, I arrived at this drive. All the reviews I read said it was nothing but fast and reliable - and they were right. It actually shaves an ever so slight bit of weight off of the computer, and runs cool pretty much all the time (I've never had it get hot anyway). And the speed is really something you can feel too! There's nothing negative I can say about this drive.

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                              4.0

                              Good product so far, but still expensive

                              By Nick Baum

                              from San Francisco, CA

                              About Me Heavy Duty User

                              Verified Buyer

                              Pros

                              • Easy To Install
                              • Fast
                              • Quiet

                              Cons

                              • Expensive

                              Best Uses

                              • Development

                              Comments about Crucial Technology 256GB RealSSD C300 2.5" SATA 6Gbps Solid State Drive:

                              Here's what it comes down to: if you care about value for money, you should probably go for the Seagate Momentus XT Hybrid Drive. I haven't tried one, but as of Sept 2010, it's *a lot* less expensive, and from what I read, it's plenty fast for most use cases.

                              If you're willing to spend, and use your laptop all day for work (like I do), then this SSD is the state of the art right now. It's expensive, but it's wicked fast and everything on the system feels snappy. It's a bit like switching to Google Chrome - it doesn't feel that different at first, but you feel the pain when you switch back.

                              A caveat: I've had this for less than a month, so I can't say anything about long term reliability or performance.

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                              • Business

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                              5.0

                              AWESOME HDD!!!! Super Fast!!

                              By Carlos [@]

                              from Houston,TX

                              About Me Heavy Duty User

                              Verified Buyer

                              Pros

                              • Easy To Install
                              • Fast
                              • Highly Compatible
                              • Quiet

                              Cons

                                Best Uses

                                • Database Access

                                Comments about Crucial Technology 256GB RealSSD C300 2.5" SATA 6Gbps Solid State Drive:

                                Extremly Fast & Super Quiet; 5 times faster than my original 5400RPM HDD; Your pricing was $100 cheaper than at MFG website.
                                Thanks again.

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                                5.0

                                Blistering fast

                                By Dip

                                from London, UK

                                About Me Heavy Duty User

                                Verified Buyer

                                Pros

                                • Fast
                                • Highly Compatible
                                • Quiet

                                Cons

                                  Best Uses

                                  • High-End Multimedia

                                  Comments about Crucial Technology 256GB RealSSD C300 2.5" SATA 6Gbps Solid State Drive:

                                  Bought one of these after much deliberation and will now never look back. I installed the drive with an Asus U3S6 SATA 3 card. Before the drive my Windows 7 (64bit) system used to take between 1.5 to 2 minutes to load up all the programs at initial start-up but with this drive, once I have entered my password, the initial load up time is now under 20 seconds. I've also noticed much improvement in the overall usability because things just happen, with very little or no waiting time.
                                  Highly recommended.

                                  Only downside is the cost, even though I saved a mint by buying from B&H. These drives are still relatively expensive.

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                                  5.0

                                  I would buy this product again and agai

                                  By Jones

                                  from Salvador, Brazil

                                  About Me Heavy Duty User

                                  Verified Buyer

                                  Pros

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

                                  Cons

                                    Best Uses

                                    • Audio Video

                                    Comments about Crucial Technology 256GB RealSSD C300 2.5" SATA 6Gbps Solid State Drive:

                                    i've upgraded my internal drive on macbook pro with this baby, and well, it's amazing!!!
                                    Great speed
                                    The only problem, it's too expensive, but worth every cent.

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