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Hi RCoon I already have a Crucial M4 240gb could I raid that with the new one.
 
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Offering 2% more performance in our real-life benchmark tests, Crucial's new M550 SSD is a reasonable upgrade over the M500 SSD. The 2% gained roughly puts it on the same level as Samsung's 840 Pro SSD and OCZ Vector. However, it is not the fastest drive on the market as Toshiba's THNSNH GCST Series is still faster. Overall, I'm pleased with its performance, and the performance differences in this market segment are too small to be noticeable during normal use anyway. It's also good to see that Crucial has done away with overprovisioning, which allows you to use the drive's full capacity without any loss in performance.
Marvell SSD controller technology has been used on many drives in the past, and we've never heard of any horror stories involving it, so its use is a smart choice by Crucial as it ensures your data stays healthy. You can also use the M550's encryption features, which are complete as they including AES and TCG/Opal, if you need secure data.
The M550 512 GB is currently available online for $335, which is a really good price as it is cheaper than most comparable options on the SSD market. With that said, the Crucial M500 can be had for $229 - a huge price difference. The M500 uses overprovisioning, though, so it only offers up 480 GB instead of 512 GB, like the M550. Still, pricing clearly favors the M500. I'd rather go for the M500 due to its amazing price, even though its capacity is slightly lower and its performance 2% less. Another choice could be competing drives from Samsung - the 840 Pro and Evo come to mind.
http://www.techpowerup.com/reviews/Crucial/M550_512_GB/13.html


Hi RCoon I already have a Crucial M4 240gb could I raid that with the new one.
yes if you get 240gb one
 

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Hi RCoon I already have a Crucial M4 240gb could I raid that with the new one.
Yep. Provided they are exactly the same drive. You can't RAID different storage volume drives. You'd need 2 240GB's to RAID 0
 
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So if I go for the M500 480gb I can't use the M4 240gb, I find my 240gb fills up pretty quick so it would be worth going for the 480gb and it should be a little faster.
 

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So if I go for the M500 480gb I can't use the M4 240gb, I find my 240gb fills up pretty quick so it would be worth going for the 480gb and it should be a little faster.
You can use the 240GB as a separate drive for something else. Using an SSD for storage is near obsolete and a waste of money. For storage purposes, and a couple of single player games which will benefit by a whole load of 2 seconds loadup time (oh the horror), you're better off using a HDD. Either buy a 480GB, or buy a second 240GB and RAID 0 it (That way it costs less, and you still get 480GB with better performance). Or if you're filling up your SSD with multiplayer games/videos/pictures/software, then just buy a HDD.
 
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So if I go for the M500 480gb I can't use the M4 240gb, I find my 240gb fills up pretty quick so it would be worth going for the 480gb and it should be a little faster.
you can use em both but not in raid.
you can have one for os and one for storage
 
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Hi thanks for the info but if I go for it my daughter has claimed the 240gb for her system.
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Firmware can be done after the fact but if you are going for a fresh install, I would do it beforehand.
For the 2 I've flashed so far both were W7pro OS's, laptop and desktop.
It was faster for me to burn the ISO to disk.
If you use a blank USB drive try using XBOOT: http://www.pendrivelinux.com/xboot-multiboot-iso-usb-creator/

So in the case of your current drive that you are going to give to your daughter, flash it first in your current system.
It's meant to be a non destructive flash BUT instructions warn to backup first.

Crucial indicates that all new drives produced will contain the new MU05 Firmware.
This does not account for old stock which will most likely have the MU03.
 
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Hi have received new SSD when I down load the new firmware can I just copy it to a pen drive and then use it, sorry I am new to firmware upgrades.
 

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Crucial's firmware upgrades have always been prettty painless for me. You can even run it from a storage drive on your pc if you are already in windows. Just make sure you follow their instructions to the letter.
 
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Hi tried to flash the M4 I am currently using but it said there are no ssd drives needing updating on your system,
 

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Hi tried to flash the M4 I am currently using but it said there are no ssd drives needing updating on your system,
Then that means your M4 is up to date. The last batch of those came out of the factory with the latest firmware.