Not bad, not bad at all. 09/08/2011
This review is from: Crucial M4 2.5" 64GB SATA III MLC Internal Solid State Drive (SSD) CT064M4SSD2
Very inexpensive for what it is. Per $, the best possible system improvement on any system running off an HDD.
64GB ended up being ~57-59GB once Win 7 x64 was installed, but that's still plenty of space for all the essentials: all other programs, games, etc go on the HDD.
I can run firefox as soon as I can click it after having logged in.
A bit tricky to install: note that most of these ship with firmware 0001 or 0002 (the current version as of the date of this posting is 0009). You MUST (for best performance/compatibility) update the firmware by booting from a burned CD of the .iso downloaded from the crucial site. When doing this you must be sure to have no other drives plugged in, and cannot have the SSD setup in hot-swap fashion. Not too bad, just overall a lot of plugging and unplugging.
With storage drives I'm always worried about DOA products, or bad sectors etc. and in this instance I did not experience that.
Although there was certainly a noticeable increase in performance, it's not face-melting. Don't set your hopes too high.
My final write score speed as benched by Crystal Disk was 320mb/s, over my HDD's 120mb/s. After some light tweaking, I got it up to 367mb/s. An overall 3x performance increase for <100$.
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