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Crucial m4 128GB mSATA Internal Solid State Drive CT128M4SSD3 by Review Summary ,  Oct 7, 2015

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Crucial m4 128GB mSATA Internal Solid State Drive CT128M4SSD3
Report Date: 10/10/2015
Based on 236 customer reviews
Overall satisfaction: 4.4
Returned or considering to return: 3.8%

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Individual Feature Rating
Price4.7   average
Speed4.7   average
mSATA4.7   above average
Installation4.4   average
Boot3.8   average
Windows3.3   below average
Screw3.2   average
Firmware2.2   below average


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Boot

Boot:
"I was able to do this, and bios was able to see the drive, but I was unable to boot off of it."
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"The idea of having a product shipped dead is not a good feeling in anyway but when the RMA return exchange process makes you trouble shoot a product you have already done and make you wait on the phone (yeah you have to call in order to receive an RMA) for over 30mins that in my boot is unacceptable."
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"For a bit I ran into not being able to boot to the bios either which of course scared me until I figured it out via a quick web search."
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"Easy to install and makes system boot fast and programs launch fast! "
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"this rocks, I was able to boot my Mac Pro directly from this drive, five times faster than any hard drive"
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"Boot time is fast, works great with Windows 8, and has plenty of capacity to install apps."
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"Excellent boot drive."
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"Performance on the laptop is fantastic (boot time especially)."
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Firmware

Firmware:
"Our one failure did just that, then you go to the driver update site at Crucial and low and behold, there is a firmware update just waiting to fix the problem."
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"(Other users have noted problems after updating drive firmware.)"
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"BEWARE EP121 users: The latest firmware for the Asus EP121 is NOT FULLY COMPATIBLE with this drive."
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"There is talk of a firmware issue that seems to be the problem but to have a drive fail two different times the same way makes this product not viable."
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"another weird thing: my ssd has a firmware partition somehow in the middle, so i have one ssd, three logical drives, amounting to 244gb"
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"Tried recovering data using a mSATA-to-SATA adapter and some computer forensics software that I turn to as a last resort... but the drive's firmware wouldn't even enumerate the drive to attempt recovery."
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"BTW, the firmware update is pretty cool to experience, very well done."
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"It's quick, extremely small and the firmware updates have been painless."
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"Also, the firmware updates with crucial are very easy and painless."
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"The firmware needed to be updated, but I was able to download the updater from Crucial and updated the firmware without issue."
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Installation

Installation:
"I finally managed to borrow another SSD and had absolutely no problem in installing Windows 8 and getting the laptop to run as expected."
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"Pros: mSATASATA III PerformancePriceNo issues being correctly detected by the systemCons: Physical InstallationComments: This item would get 5 stars, but it didn't come with a screw for installation; extremely frustrating."
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"Installation was very easy and it does everything it is supposed to."
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"Installation is easy."
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"Installation was super easy (it literally took less than 5 minutes)."
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"I gave this review *one* extra star for the ease of installation, other than that, it's a no-go."
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"Since I found online SDD upgrade instructions, installation & set up was easy."
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Price

Price:
"Great price, great capacity, no hiccups yet and it makes people's jaws drop when I show them how fast my laptop boots."
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"Good performance price no problems so far"
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"Great Product and Price."
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"Great price and fast shipping, item is exactly as described."
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"It's a good product for the money but may be mSATA aren't as fast and stable as SATA SSDs."
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"As far as inexpensive mSATA SSDs go, this is a great, speedy, solid value."
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Screw

Screw:
"Not much to say other then it worked just as described full sata 3 connections speeds very on par with advertised have only had about 2 weeks if anything changes will update review but so far very simple install.... fyi mine did come with screws to mount some complained theirs did not ..."
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"Just plug it in and push it down so it snaps in, and you can put 2 little screws if you want it more secure but I don't do that as it's pretty solid as it is."
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"It came with 2 screws, which I was not expecting since so many people were complaining about not having a screw included."
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"Ah, but the screw problem!"
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"Pros: mSATASATA III PerformancePriceNo issues being correctly detected by the systemCons: Physical InstallationComments: This item would get 5 stars, but it didn't come with a screw for installation; extremely frustrating."
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"I've seen others mention how manufacturers fail to provide the screws necessary to fix it in place... thought it wasn't an issue for me, with my vastcollection of all sorts of tiny bolts and screws from many, many previous projects."
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"It came with the necessary screws and was well protected in the packaging."
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"After researching about installing the mSATA, I kept on reading that Lenovo does not come with the screw, so you have to buy a screw... Well, I did, but those are coming from China or something because it is like 1 month delivery time..."
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"Anyway, I thought I would put it on the side until the screws come in... well when this came in, to my surprise IT COMES WITH TWO SCREWS!"
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Speed

Speed:
"Fast reads in the 270's but writes are painfully slow around 55MB s. I bought this to use with Intel Smart Start technology."
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"Only use it internally or with USB 3.0, else you will not be able to get it to work at full speed."
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"Good performance price no problems so far"
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"Easy to install and makes system boot fast and programs launch fast! "
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"Great price and fast shipping, item is exactly as described."
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"I used this in an Intel NEXT Unit and it performs perfect."
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"This SSD is fast and very well priced."
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Windows

Windows:
"There is no good reason for Crucial to not go affirmative on this warning before the X%'s brick out....just load the driver onto windows update and pre-empt the problem; however, even with this totally unnecessary slip of customer service and non-preemptive notification, we are still, very happy with the product, very happy."
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"Key phrases that hopefully will catch others doing google searches:device is locked, missing partition, windows 8 reformat"
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"But, the worse problem: After 5 months use, Windows system started to crash hang."
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"I finally managed to borrow another SSD and had absolutely no problem in installing Windows 8 and getting the laptop to run as expected."
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":- UPDATE: I ended up cloning the original hard drive and even that didn't work perfectly and i ended up repairing the disk via the Windows 7 disk."
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"The Lenovo with the M4 SSD has been the best Windows computer that I have ever owned, I have not had to do one hard shut down, not a single one."
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"Boot time is fast, works great with Windows 8, and has plenty of capacity to install apps."
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"Well, after doing that, I saw that Windows 7 uses 30GB+ and the software I use another 50GB!"
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"My Windows got pretty messed up and I'll need to reload again."
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"Opening programs is almost instantaneousCons: I took the easy route out and did a clean install of windows 7 on my SSD, transferring the OS with your files is a nightmare!"
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mSATA

mSATA:
"My plan was to change my boot OS from my 1 TB HDD (installed) to boot off of the new Crucial mSata SSD (extremely frustrating).I had to choose 3 options.1."
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"It will soon be hard to get an mSATA this small, but for the box I built, this was the perfect size."
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"The Drobo mini product guide recommends to add an mSATA component in orderto enjoy an even better performance for an already great performing unit."
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"In short, this is a really good bang for the buck if you need an mSATA device."
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"It's a good product for the money but may be mSATA aren't as fast and stable as SATA SSDs."
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"Really nice SSD, but its really the only mSATA SSD you can find that is actually reliable."
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"Really saddening how Samsung and other high-performance SSD makers don't cram there already amazing SSD's into an mSATA form-factor."
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