Reviews and Problems with Crucial m4 Series (CT064M4SSD2/CT128M4SSD2/CT256M4SSD2/CT512M4SSD2)
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Failed after 3 months ...
Robert J Watts, Amazon
28 December 2012
Summary: The positive reviews really had me sold, but my m4 256GB SSD from Crucial (ordered through Amazon) failed after 3 months of service. Talked with Crucual about the drive's "Active Garbage Collection" routine, but that did not fix the drive. Before the crash, the improvement in performance was significant. Almost everything was noticeably faster. Startup. Program load times. Even graphics operations.
Very fast, but died after 2 weeks of moderate use.
de Bruijn Family, Amazon
15 December 2012
Summary: The price was right on this drive and had good reviews on Amazon. I've had several Intel solid state drives in the past and I've never had any issues. This drive was fast but failed after two weeks, I'm not able to detect it in any computer. Amazon was great about the return and I replaced this with an Intel SSD. I'm pretty sure I just got unlucky with the Crucial, but I didn't want to take any chances.
Pros: The drive is silent and incredibly fast. I do a lot of gaming and most of the time the game loads before I can even read what is on the cutscenes. Also love the fact that the drive is so tiny and doesn't get hot.
Cons: My drive lasted 1 year and 3 months and a few days ago it started locking up on me. Thankfully I was able to backup everything before the BSODs began. Hopefully I will still be under warranty. I purchased this back when it was over $400 because it was the most reliable SSD around at the time. Hopefully, I am able to get a replacement soon.
Summary: After about a month of use, on a system with a fresh install of Windows 8 and MS office and nothing else, the drive started disappearing on boot and occasionally stops responding in windows. "Power cycling" the drive (letting it sit in BIOS for 30 minutes) brings the drive back to life. It already has the current firmware 010G. Contacted support and they told me this was normal behavior of the drive's garbage collection mechanism after too many writes/deletions.
Pros: Fast when it runs. Can usually be resurrected when it dies.
Cons: A few times a week, it decides to no longer show up on boot. Stops responding when I try to save an image of the entire drive. Customer service thinks this is normal operation.
Summary: FOR MACBOOK PRO USERS: If you have a 2011 MacBook Pro, you would be better off choosing a Samsung or Intel SSD. I upgraded my MacBook to the 256gb version of the M4 SSD two months ago. Since then, I have been experiencing periodic freezes and hangs (the infamous "beach ball") on my MacBook, sometimes as many as a dozen a day.
Excerpt: The drive is great and I'm surprised it actually booted up with the shipping method Staples chose to use. It was basically paper wrapped with no protection for the drive at all. It arrived literally flattened with the box crushed and you can see the drive had excessive weight on it as well because the plastic molding to hold the drive was crushed as well. This pretty much is an unacceptable way to ship hardware.
Pros: Easy To Set Up, Easy to Use, Quality Construction, Reliable