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(Deal of the day) Crucial CT512M550SSD1 512GB M550 SATA 6Gb/s 2.5 Inch Internal Solid State Drive £149.99 @ Amazon.co.uk
(Deal of the day) Crucial CT512M550SSD1 512GB M550 SATA 6Gb/s 2.5 Inch Internal Solid State Drive £149.99 @ Amazon.co.uk

(Deal of the day) Crucial CT512M550SSD1 512GB M550 SATA 6Gb/s 2.5 Inch Internal Solid State Drive £149.99 @ Amazon.co.uk

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(Deal of the day) Crucial CT512M550SSD1 512GB M550 SATA 6Gb/s 2.5 Inch Internal Solid State Drive.

SSD prices are dropping fast!!!

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Edited by: "smsmasters" 29th Jul 2014

Have you cancelled you toshiba?

holy **** my B-day present!

Bit the bullet on this one. Need one sooner rather than later but pretty sure these will come down more in the coming months. Heat OP

no camel camel link

These SSDs are dropping in price literally by the day . It shouldn't be beyond me to fit one to my Fujitsu AH530 Lifebook (3 years old ) and breathe a new life into it . I'm worried about :-
a) Cocking it up and losing my Laptop / OS (Windows 7) / Data (although I have it backed up on external drive .
b) Transferring dead /useless files to the SSD - Even after running AVG and Wise cleaner I still seem to have a few floating around although they don't seem to do any harm .
I was going to wait till these become the norm in New Laptops without the huge price differential there is now (probably next year or when the manufacturers run out of mechanical drives -whichever is the sooner) but maybe at this sort of price I could take a stab at replacing the drive
Any pitfalls to beware of ? The best online step by step guide ? Any other advice - And by the way Heat added although it'll probably be cheaper next week and even cheaper the week after etc etc - You have to step in some time

Great price & drive, have some heat!

rogparki

These SSDs are dropping in price literally by the day . It shouldn't be … These SSDs are dropping in price literally by the day . It shouldn't be beyond me to fit one to my Fujitsu AH530 Lifebook (3 years old ) and breathe a new life into it . I'm worried about :- a) Cocking it up and losing my Laptop / OS (Windows 7) / Data (although I have it backed up on external drive . b) Transferring dead /useless files to the SSD - Even after running AVG and Wise cleaner I still seem to have a few floating around although they don't seem to do any harm . I was going to wait till these become the norm in New Laptops without the huge price differential there is now (probably next year or when the manufacturers run out of mechanical drives -whichever is the sooner) but maybe at this sort of price I could take a stab at replacing the drive Any pitfalls to beware of ? The best online step by step guide ? Any other advice - And by the way Heat added although it'll probably be cheaper next week and even cheaper the week after etc etc - You have to step in some time



Honestly just bite the bullet and go for it. If you can see the backed up files on your external drive then you won't lose them. Get a OneDrive for your most precious files then you know 15 gb will be online no matter what.

If you want to cheat then you could use something like AOMEI partition assistant which has a mode for HDD to SSD file transfer and it works like a charm. I Would never do this cos I like a fresh install of Windows but that doesn't mean it isn't possible if you are unsure :-)

Be brave and enjoy a massive new lease of life for any old laptop!
Edited by: "biggiep" 29th Jul 2014

It's a deal of the day, not a lightning deal - available for 17 hours or until they run out of stock

very good deal - just tried to post it myself

The MX100 drive seems to perform almost exactly the same, can anyone tell me why I should get the M550 instead?

If I buy a new laptop and then replace the hard drive with this one how do I transfer the operating system?

Milkfloat

The MX100 drive seems to perform almost exactly the same, can anyone tell … The MX100 drive seems to perform almost exactly the same, can anyone tell me why I should get the M550 instead?



I feel the MX100 is due a price drop - looking at the camelcamelcamel chart. [Link]

mccririck

If I buy a new laptop and then replace the hard drive with this one how … If I buy a new laptop and then replace the hard drive with this one how do I transfer the operating system?



Personally for that scenario I would recommend a backup of the data you want and then reinstall your operating system on the newly installed drive.

There are cloning tools out there like Acronis and Macrium but that better serves cloning a storage drive IMO.

"There are cloning tools out there like Acronis and Macrium but that better serves cloning a storage drive IMO."

How so? I've used them no problem, but still stick with good old Ghost.
Edited by: "smokieUK" 29th Jul 2014

rogparki

These SSDs are dropping in price literally by the day . It shouldn't be … These SSDs are dropping in price literally by the day . It shouldn't be beyond me to fit one to my Fujitsu AH530 Lifebook (3 years old ) and breathe a new life into it . I'm worried about :- a) Cocking it up and losing my Laptop / OS (Windows 7) / Data (although I have it backed up on external drive . b) Transferring dead /useless files to the SSD - Even after running AVG and Wise cleaner I still seem to have a few floating around although they don't seem to do any harm . I was going to wait till these become the norm in New Laptops without the huge price differential there is now (probably next year or when the manufacturers run out of mechanical drives -whichever is the sooner) but maybe at this sort of price I could take a stab at replacing the drive Any pitfalls to beware of ? The best online step by step guide ? Any other advice - And by the way Heat added although it'll probably be cheaper next week and even cheaper the week after etc etc - You have to step in some time



Use easy transfer wizard in windows 7 to backup to external drive then reinstall windows and transfer back. If you use email client program make sure you have the email settings and backup your emails. If you login via website for your email you don't need to. It's easy enough to clone just make sure your cloning software caters for SSDs to avoid partition offset.

My mate does ssd sans and hosts a lot of data bases and recommended the 550 to me as it uses a lot of data centre parts. He will always use Intel DC drives as he's gone through just about every other drive like Samsung and found them to be turd for a San. Only problem is he spends like 1500 on one drive.

Milkfloat

The MX100 drive seems to perform almost exactly the same, can anyone tell … The MX100 drive seems to perform almost exactly the same, can anyone tell me why I should get the M550 instead?



At 512GB there is no real advantage. The main advantages of the M550 line is you can get it in a 1TB. The smaller sizes arent as handicapped and they are available in sizes other than 2.5".

bbbazman

Have you cancelled you toshiba?



i did not i got mine done for me by amazon so have gone for this drive

I'm still waiting for Amazon's buying team to get back to me about the Toshiba fiasco.

They have 5 days and that was 2-3 ago.

Have jumped on 2 of these and if the Toshiba pans out given that they're apparently getting restocked in 2 days I'll return these.

Edit: I see the restock has now disappeared from the Tosh page. Pretty glad I took screenshot now
:-)
Edited by: "EMM386" 29th Jul 2014

bombell

My mate does ssd sans and hosts a lot of data bases and recommended the … My mate does ssd sans and hosts a lot of data bases and recommended the 550 to me as it uses a lot of data centre parts. He will always use Intel DC drives as he's gone through just about every other drive like Samsung and found them to be turd for a San. Only problem is he spends like 1500 on one drive.



What he's telling you is the reliability in a business environment. This in some respects won't translate to the home user, as it's impossible for a home user to use the same queue depth and stressing of the drives.

been waiting and waiting to upgrade the 128gb ssd boot drive on my laptop but £150 still seems a little expensive..

tempting deal but im going to hold off in the hope it drops a little more

Banned

gallacherp

been waiting and waiting to upgrade the 128gb ssd boot drive on my laptop … been waiting and waiting to upgrade the 128gb ssd boot drive on my laptop but £150 still seems a little expensive..tempting deal but im going to hold off in the hope it drops a little more



if only using as a boot drive the 128gb is more than enough, just get a nas box for the same price if only the storage is needed and not the speed

Original Poster

gallacherp

been waiting and waiting to upgrade the 128gb ssd boot drive on my laptop … been waiting and waiting to upgrade the 128gb ssd boot drive on my laptop but £150 still seems a little expensive..tempting deal but im going to hold off in the hope it drops a little more



This was my best deal: hotukdeals.com/dea…088

anyone know if this is any better then a 512gb samsung 840 pro? I've never had a crucial ssd before and always relied on samsung.

bbbazman

Have you cancelled you toshiba?


Oh come on now, there's no need to call him a Toshiba, that's below the belt

are they directly compatible to 2.5 hdd's in laptops?

Comment on post -Its not a "Lightning Deal" -they only run for a few hours- its the Amazon Deal of the day valid from Midnight to Midnight (finishes midnight tonight ).
Edited by: "rogparki" 29th Jul 2014

getknk

are they directly compatible to 2.5 hdd's in laptops?


As long as it's a sata port you have, this should plug in fine - in some cases, laptops can have a slimmer than normal drive due to the size of laptop in which case this could have issues if it is thicker but it's quite rare

i was recommended a case for one of these, has anyone experience of using in a case? for external use

I have a 256GB crucial one in an external case from Zalman, no issues
They don't really heat up as much so it's not a massive issue.

Milkfloat

The MX100 drive seems to perform almost exactly the same, can anyone tell … The MX100 drive seems to perform almost exactly the same, can anyone tell me why I should get the M550 instead?



The M550 is the premium/performance drive. The MX100 is the mainstream/budget drive. Both use the same drive controller but the MX100 is built using cheaper NAND. In theory the M550 is faster but at this precise drive size there's not much in it. At the smaller drive sizes, where there's less parallelism in the NAND the performance difference between the ranges are more pronounced.

When the M550 is not on sale, it's hard to justify the price difference, but when its the same price as the MX100, not buying the premium model would be daft.

getknk

are they directly compatible to 2.5 hdd's in laptops?

Tweedie

anyone know if this is any better then a 512gb samsung 840 pro? I've … anyone know if this is any better then a 512gb samsung 840 pro? I've never had a crucial ssd before and always relied on samsung.



The drives are the thinner 7mm variant with a spacer up to 9.5mm




No it's not. But it's far better value.
Edited by: "targetbsp" 29th Jul 2014

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anyone remember when SSDs got schorching heat when they were £1 per GB?

Just a few months ago, this deal would have got hot if it was £500

targetbsp

The M550 is the premium/performance drive. The MX100 is the … The M550 is the premium/performance drive. The MX100 is the mainstream/budget drive. Both use the same drive controller but the MX100 is built using cheaper NAND. In theory the M550 is faster but at this precise drive size there's not much in it. At the smaller drive sizes, where there's less parallelism in the NAND the performance difference between the ranges are more pronounced.When the M550 is not on sale, it's hard to justify the price difference, but when its the same price as the MX100, not buying the premium model would be daft.



Cheers, I figured the differences were minimal at this size, I just did not know about the 'better' NAND.

quidstretchy

Oh come on now, there's no need to call him a Toshiba, that's below the … Oh come on now, there's no need to call him a Toshiba, that's below the belt



lol - nice spot !

Yet another example of why I shouldn't type with bleary eyes.
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I really should use my fingers.

Amzo

Is this not the same as the £145 one … Is this not the same as the £145 one http://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/B00KFAGCUM/ref=pe_385721_37986871_TE_item



That's the MX100, the mainstream drive. The M550 is the premium drive.

smokieUK

"There are cloning tools out there like Acronis and Macrium but that … "There are cloning tools out there like Acronis and Macrium but that better serves cloning a storage drive IMO."How so? I've used them no problem, but still stick with good old Ghost.




Clone a drive = clone all the crap with it

rogparki

It shouldn't be beyond me to fit one to my Fujitsu AH530 Lifebook (3 … It shouldn't be beyond me to fit one to my Fujitsu AH530 Lifebook (3 years old ) and breathe a new life into it . I'm worried about.



You can do it, and there are good guides. But you shouldn't do it if your data is very important, and you don't know what you're doing. You should pay a professional to do it, and to set up and advise you on a backup routine as well.

It's the same sort of mindset you should have about hiring a plumber. You can do it, especially the easy jobs, and particularly if you're trying to save money. But you shouldn't do it if the risk is bigger than the saving.

And, just like a plumber, the hardest thing is not hiring a cowboy.
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