Reviews and Problems with Crucial m4 Series (CT064M4SSD2/CT128M4SSD2/CT256M4SSD2/CT512M4SSD2)
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Sean C., Newegg
9 August 2014
Summary: Don't take my word for it. A little searching and you'll see this is quite common with this drive.
Pros: It's an SSD.
Cons: This drive worked for while before giving me issues. I read that my mobo might not support SSD as it was an older system. Went back to my RAID0 x 3 and put the M4 off to the side and forgot about it as I could live without it. It's been a year and I have a new system as a home server. I can now verify it's a bad drive. It has the latest firmware and has this disconnect issue. Programs stop responding before Windows itself crashes. After the reboot the M4 isn't even li...
Cons: Unreliable. This is my 3rd RMA from crucial. Every drive I have received works fine within the first few months, then roughly at the 1 year mark, it starts to cause system freezes, BSODs, the works. Talking to technical support is useless. They tell you to try a different sata, update firmware, and power cycle. Once you do all of that, they run out of ideas. Skip the pain of going through RMA's and replacement drives. Get a different brand.
Pros: Very fast drive at time of purchase. Good price.
Cons: Drives fail constantly. Replacement drives under warranty fail as well. I have about 10 of these in Win 7 Dell E6530 laptops and they have cost me a ton in labor due to drive failures. Crucial tech support acts amazed every time we call to get a drive replaced as if it's the first failure they have heard of. On a few of the drives they have had us connect only the power cable to the drive (or boot into the BIOS only) and let it sit over night to let the drive do "hous...
Cons: Noticed slowly before it failed that after powering on the system that it was not showing up as a boot-able device. powered on and thought it was a cable issue. It died after a month of on and off again finicky behaviors. The final score was Playing DayZ and the BSOD was its last light before it died.
Summary: Worked okay for a year, then died. First time I was able to get it operating by unplugging it but only worked for a couple of days, now completely dead. With all the lost data I'm not sure if I will bother with the RMA. Easier just to buy a different brand.
Cons: Unreliable after long use. Drive has died after two years (less than 3 that was warranty period). It would boot, OS will work for few hours, then disk i/o errors. Generated bad sectors. RMA process in crucial does not work for this drive. Overall I caution against buying crucial ssd products now.