Reviews and Problems with Crucial RealSSD C300 (64GB, 128GB, 256GB)
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Olivus Prime, Amazon
21 December 2013
Summary: I have had this drive for 3 years. It has been super fast and knowing crucial as a typically dependable brand, I thought it would keep going for a lot longer. Sadly it seems to be giving up, having hiccups and pausing for long periods of time. After fast and long drive formats, utility scans, a very detailed attempt to update firmware (which failed miserably and ended with a corrupt warning and system halt) I have decided to try and RMA it with Crucial.
Summary: This SSD has a tone of corrupt sectors after 1.5 years. It was the TOP SSD with rave reviews, the problem is that most of rave reviews are written by the honeymooner. Of course a SSD is nice and fast when it's first installed, but this one doesn't seem to age well.
Summary: My next SSD will not be a Cruical. If this unsupported drive was years old, it would be one thing. I've had it a year! Come on Crucial, get off your derrieres and write some new firmware for this drive.
Pros: Was a good solid drive on my old motherboard. Had good speeds.
Cons: I bought a new AM3+ mother board that has only SATA 6Gb ports. The firmware on this purported 6Gb hard drive instructs you to use only SATA 3Gb for installing the firmware. That would be a good plan....except I didn't buy a M/B with 3Gb and 6Gb SATA. Why would I? This makes this very expensive drive worthless. You can and I did enable AHCI in Windows 7. I also turned on trim and disabled superfetch and prefetch.
Summary: Crucial did give me a hassle free customer service so while I can't vouch for the product at this time they deserve some positive recognition for service.
Pros: Was crazy fast when it worked
Cons: It destabilized on me and bios & firmware updating didn't help. Called Crucial and they're RMAing it. I'm hopeful that the new one will work properly, but in the mean time I'll have to reinstall my OS, Adobe and other programs. You also have to fiddle with a lot of setting to get SSDs to work so I'm out a lot of time and effort with more on the way.
Summary: Bought an M4 as a secondary drive - now reconsidering that move.
Pros: Great while it worked....BIOS updates are painless, unlike other vendors who have long drawn out update schemes for boot drives....
Cons: After just under 22 months of use, it mysteriously stopped showing up in POST, and being the Boot drive, sorta makes the computer a rather large doorstop. Did the chat support with Crucial (Don't waste your time) and ended up calling them - their servers were down and they said when they come back up, they have some magic way to reset the controller in a non-destructive fashion which has a 98% recovery record.....Let's see if the guy gets back to me when they unbreak ...
Summary: Crucial support is better than others... however they said it would be 8-12 weeks for them to fix this and or give me a new one. They said they would ship me a new drive however they would charge me full price "if" the problem wasn't covered under warranty.
Pros: Purchased the drive in summer of 2010. Drive was lightning fast for about a year
Cons: during the last few months areas of the drive have become corrupt and the drive pauses about once every 5 to 10 seconds causing the system to pause.
Cons: It regularly reports it is corrupt to other programs, but not to WIn7 chkdsk. Then when I reboot, chkdsk starts and runs, showing no errors. It then reports not corrupt for awhile. Crucial support was very quick to respond, but not helpful. They suggested that I upgrade the firmware from ver 6 to ver 7. I did that. It made no difference. Crucial also suggested not to let their (or any) SSD sleep, because they don't do that well. But, I won't disable sleep because I ne...
Summary: Unfortunately, I cannot be 100% sure that this freezing is caused by the hard drive and the hard drive alone. It is possible another piece of hardware is also responsible. If anyone has any insight into this issue, I would be happy to ammend this review.
Pros: The hard drive works well, it's very quick and easy to install. I've had the hard drive installed for ~60 days. I have only had one problem, which is listed in the "Cons". Other than that, the hard drive is a great upgrade from an optical drive.
Cons: About 2 weeks after installation, I was in the middle of working on a document and the hard drive locked up. This now occurs 1-2 times per week, during various tasks; the hard drive light goes solid and then the computer freezes and is completely unresponsive. Normally, a hard reboot is required, however, on one instance, after the computer froze, it resumed back to a normal working state after several minutes of waiting. The freezing has not caused any data corruption.