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Plextor M5M PX-256M5M 256GB Mini-SATA (mSATA) MLC Internal Solid State Drive (SSD)
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  • Owned For: 1 month to 1 year

Pros: Very fast drive! Thrilled to report my first one was just a lemon. I have no reservations about giving this a 5-egg rating.

Cons: Wish it was 512GB instead of 256GB.

Other Thoughts: Following my 1-egg rating on June 4 and a speedy exchange from Newegg, I'm happy to report that I've successfully doubled the capacity of my Samsung Series 7 Ultra with this Plextor mSATA. The system is lightning fast now and I would highly recommend this drive to anyone. Although my first one was bad, this new one worked properly. Like the original, it didn't like being connected via a USB interface in an mSATA caddy, but it didn't suffer any of the bad diagnostics of the last one. I installed the drive into the ultrabook, placed the drive's original 128GB SSD into the caddy, and cloned the drive that way. Worked like a charm.

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Plextor M5M PX-256M5M 256GB Mini-SATA (mSATA) MLC Internal Solid State Drive (SSD)
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  • Owned For: 1 day to 1 week

1 out of 5 eggs Died within minutes of use. Hopefully just a random lemon. 06/04/2013

This review is from: Plextor M5M PX-256M5M 256GB Mini-SATA (mSATA) MLC Internal Solid State Drive (SSD)

Pros: Worked perfectly in the StarTech SAT2MSAT25 2.5in SATA to Mini SATA SSD Adapter enclosure. Was detected immediately when first connected to my system externally. Wish I'd gotten to do more with it than that.

Cons: Failed immediately while having a drive cloned to it. Was locked, unable to be firmware-updated, initialized, formatted, or secure erased. Plextor's own PlexTools stated the drive was dead. Possibly bricked. Details below.

Other Thoughts: Unfortunately, the drive failed in the midst of what should have been a simple cloning session and hasn't worked since. Using a an 2.5" drive adapter dock, I was able to successfully connect the drive to my Windows 8 Samsung Series 7 Ultra via USB without a hitch. The drive was recognized and all seemed well. I fired up the latest version of Acronis True Image Home 2013 (with Plus Pack) and began cloning my ultrabook's 128GB mSATA drive. All partitions were properly detected, it knew the drive would have to be converted to GPT, and the process, set to shut down the laptop when complete, began. After two minutes away from the notebook, I returned to find the system had inexplicably rebooted and way before the process should have completed. Now the drive was no longer connectable to any of my systems via USB (the USB connect/disconnect sound would just happen every few seconds). Using two different tower systems (Win 8 and Win 7), I connected the drive via SATA internally, The UEFI and BIOS were able to detect the drive, as well as Device Manager. Disk Management saw the drive momentarily as unallocated but it couldn't be formatted. I attempted to update the firmware to v1.03 via the bootable upgrade ISO from Plextor. It failed, returning an error of "PxCMD_CLO is not cleared", confirming that the drive was locked and not writable. I then examined the drive via PlexTools SSD software which surprisingly declared the drive health to be at the end of its useful life and stated that it should be backed up and replaced immediately. Parted Magic and GParted confirmed no partitions had been created from the cloning and would not allow me to create a new partition table nor erase the drive. Unrecognized disk labels were cited, plus the lock was likely preventing the procedure. Even a secure erase of the drive was not possible, unfortunately.

As many great things I've heard about this mSATA drive in other reviews, I'm not going to lambast it because it's quite possible that I just received a lemon. While there have been issues with people using Acronis saying it had issues with GPT partition tables at one point, I don't necessarily think that was the culprit here. In any case, I'll happily give the drive another chance try again with Clonezilla or something else when I receive the replacement. Will review again afterwards, but am forced to give it one egg in the interim.

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Display Name: Charles B.

Date Joined: 07/09/01

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