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Crucial m4 64GB 2.5-Inch Solid State Drive SATA 6Gb-s with Data Transfer Kit CT064M4SSD2CCA by Review Summary ,  Oct 7, 2015

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Crucial m4 64GB 2.5-Inch Solid State Drive SATA 6Gb/s with Data Transfer Kit CT064M4SSD2CCA
Report Date: 10/10/2015
Based on 345 customer reviews
Overall satisfaction: 4.6
Returned or considering to return: 2.6%

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Individual Feature Rating
Speed4.5   average
Price4.4   below average
Cable4.3   above average
Firmware4.2   exceptional
Transfer4.1   average
Installation4.0   below average
Windows3.9   above average
Boot2.6   mediocre


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Boot

Boot:
"When I tried to make a clone from the normal Windows boot, the SSD would not boot up after it was installed - No boot sector found error."
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"It will come back on after a power cycle, but you have to go into your bios and fix the boot sequence or you will get the bootmrg missing error."
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"I put these in three of my systems and the boot times are fantastic, I couldn't be more pleased with them."
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"Have used a Sony laptop for two years and the only complaint was boot up time."
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"I put 4 months of data into it and lost it again with the same error say the Boot 0 could not be found."
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"It worked fine for 2 months and then I recieved an error saying my Boot 0 could not be found."
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"Was a gift for my son, He loves if, much faster boots."
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"Rather than an HDD spinning up to 7200RPM's during boot, this thing just silently loads up your OS, it's really great."
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"So, I replaced the old drive, made a boot disk, booted from it, cloned again and all was well."
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"An easy upgrade and dramatically improves boot time."
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"Boot times were near instantaneous, which probably goes without saying."
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Cable

Cable:
"The only downside is, I purchased the USB data transfer cable (included) and it is very slow USB 2.0 I would recommend purchasing an enclosure like I did: (Mediasonic HDK-SU3 Smart Drive 2.5 SATA Hard Drive Enclosure - USB 3.0) because it has way faster transfer rates."
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"If you're having HD issues and starting to get those error messages warning you of imminent failure, this is the product (with cable) to get and forget."
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"A quality replacement USB cable from Radio Shack fixed the problem."
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"Cable is nice to have, though."
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"Bought this b c a lot of the reviews where good and I got the transfer cable to make the switching easy."
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"The data transfer cable worked great with my MacBook w OSX Mountain Lion, taking about 6 hours to transfer almost 500GB of data."
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"For me, one of the best parts was the inclusion of the USB cable and drive cloning software."
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"The supplied usb-sata connector cable did work fine and I was able to see the drive for both cloning and file browsing."
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Firmware

Firmware:
"Crucial (and a number of other SSDs) has a number of firmware incompatibilities that need to be resolved."
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"Firmware 000f = 000FAIL!"
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"One should not have to reload the entire OS just to be able to flash the firmware to the latest version."
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"The crucial m4 is a solid budget solid state drive and with the latest firmware I have zero problems."
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"however, after some investigating, i upgraded to dot net framework 4, and upgraded the firmware of the drive as well."
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"They have required firmware updates, but have not had any failures."
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"It's at a fair price point, it doesn't have any of the weird firmware issues I was reading about on the OCZ Agility Vertex side of things, and I've had no problems at all, having used it for over a year on Windows 7 and 8."
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Installation

Installation:
"I am not responsible or liable for any damage or problems you may experience when installing the SSD in your computer."
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"Had a couple of installation hiccups, due to my inexperience with such things and the fact that the existing drive has full-drive PGP encryption."
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"I had a lot of problems with my last experience on installing an SSD (but luckily could solve all of them) and, this time, did a deep due diligence."
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"Very disappointed with the installation and transfer software instructions."
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"My only complaint is that installation was not as smooth as it could be."
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"Great performance, perfect for installing an OS and applications on."
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"this shipped exactly as expected, was easy to install using the kit + a how-to vid found on youtube (a little different when installing on a mac, but still easy), and has performed as I hoped--and my MacBook Pro starts up wicked fast."
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"Loading times for Corel have drop to about 5-7 seconds instead of 20-30.Installations was easy, cloned with supplied equipment, it was a breeze, click the drive you want to clone, click the USB Destination SSD and BAM!"
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"However, after going through the process of cloning my original drive and installing the new drive I would highly recommend taking the leap with this product and the provided Data Transfer Kit."
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"There are plenty Youtube video walkthroughs for easy installation."
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Price

Price:
"I like to think I'm a practical person, so I prefer to spend my money on something that may be less likely to fail in a shorter period of time than other SSDs."
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"For the price, it's hard to beat the M4.As a Smart Response cache drive, the 64 gig version is ideal."
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"I have no complaints about this drive, especially considering the price and the outstanding Apricorn cloning software that is included with this particular model."
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"finally, I'm not happy Amazon dropped the price $65 in the 5 days since I ordered."
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"This is an old SSD but it's amazing, i know you can get better ones for the same price but this product deserve a 5 starsI bought it June 9 2012 and according to CrystalDiskInfo i have used the drive for 18122 hours so far, it's my primary drive (OS, games, etc) and the performance is still great."
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"The price was excellent as well."
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"So, buying this product is money well spent especially when you grab it at a reduced price."
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"but this drive is finally now at a reasonable price range for a reasonable person."
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Speed

Speed:
"Swapped it into my grandmas old laptop because she was complaining it was too slow."
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"Restarting was no problem and HD speed dramatically improved."
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"I have never been this happy with my computer's performance since the first time I switched over to Mac."
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"Bought this in an attempt to speed up a several-year-old MacBook Pro, and it certainly did its job!"
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"Once it finally got to the desktop, my computer was painfully slow."
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"I rebooted went to safe mode, blazing fast looked at the errors."
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"This is an old SSD but it's amazing, i know you can get better ones for the same price but this product deserve a 5 starsI bought it June 9 2012 and according to CrystalDiskInfo i have used the drive for 18122 hours so far, it's my primary drive (OS, games, etc) and the performance is still great."
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"No degradation in performance, it operates with fantastic speeds, and is an absolute must replacement for an HDD."
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"It's well constructed, read write speeds are better than quoted and after having it for awhile now (6 months), no problems what so ever!"
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"came quick, easy to install, very fast and reliable; great for the main drive where you want to have your operation system; system loading fast, ms windows updates are not time consuming any more;"
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Transfer

Transfer:
"That being said, I found the transfer software utterly useless."
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"The only downside is, I purchased the USB data transfer cable (included) and it is very slow USB 2.0 I would recommend purchasing an enclosure like I did: (Mediasonic HDK-SU3 Smart Drive 2.5 SATA Hard Drive Enclosure - USB 3.0) because it has way faster transfer rates."
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"Once the transfer was complete, there were some copy errors."
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"Only glitch was that in OS X Lion the software on the CD that came with my data transfer disk kept shutting down automatically."
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"I took my employee's word for it on the space they were using (64GB), and they were actually using much more (about 135GB), so the first transfer failed although I didn't know it until I tried to boot it up and it gave the Mac version of the blue screen of death."
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"Very disappointed with the installation and transfer software instructions."
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"Data transfer software is amazing!"
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"Don't use the transfer software and this is easily 5 stars."
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"The transfer from a smaller SSD went perfectly."
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"The data transfer software was easy to use and fully copied over my system without any issues."
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"Bought this b c a lot of the reviews where good and I got the transfer cable to make the switching easy."
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Windows

Windows:
"The only thing you can complain about these is the capacity, and only if you are using a bloated OS like Windows 7+ and a lot of gaming software or worse loaded on this drive as well."
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"I e-mailed the company that makes the cloning software, Apricorn, and received the following response:>Unfortunately this seems like a problem with Windows 8 and EZ gig.>>We were able to clone various Windows 8 PCs here with no problems>occurring."
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"Unfortunately this has not been the case on the customer>side and I have seen various problems when trying to clone a Windows>8 PC since it has been released.>>If the current version of EZ gig is not able to clone your Windows 8 PC>properly then we will be releasing an updated version of EZ gig within>the next few months that should alleviate most of the problems I have>seen."
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"So far, this drive is working great in my 6-year-old Dell Inspiron E1705 with Windows XP, sp3."
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"Once installed, my boot time and application start times were greatly reduced, but the greatest result was when I ran a virtual machine for Windows 7 using Parallels."
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"I cloned the drive while running windows 7 and things worked perfectly."
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"I e-mailed the company that makes the cloning software, Apricorn, and received the following response:>Unfortunately this seems like a problem with Windows 8 and EZ gig.>>We were able to clone various Windows 8 PCs here with no problems>occurring."
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