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[Amazon.ca] Crucial MX500 500 GB M.2 Internal SSD $74 + Free shipping

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[Amazon.ca] Crucial MX500 500 GB M.2 Internal SSD $74 + Free shipping

Update November 20th: only 500 GB M.2 format available now.

Thanks to @takun for the update and the M.2 link.

The MX500 series SSD has DRAM and a 5-year warranty.

Another advantage is the Integrated Power Loss Immunity that preserves your data if the power unexpectedly gets cut.

From this reddit thread:

"They have [large capacitors] on board, and in the NAND chips themselves, so that the SSD has time to detect that voltage to it is falling, write whatever it is in the middle of writing, and shut down, with no corruption resulting. Whereas, other SSDs (and HDDs) will do who-knows-what, and then try to roll their state back by some amount of seconds, instead. They all try to prevent the worst problems, but many of them just up and stop doing anything, then pick up the pieces on the next startup, rolling back to previous state."

Previous RFD thread from July 2020.
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For cloning a system drive, use Macrium Reflect 7 software. It's easy to use and free for home use.

Or, like "RFD_member" suggested in post #13, there is also a free version of Acronis True Image that you can use if you have a Crucial BX500 or MX500 installed in your computer. Link FAQ

Before someone asks, you want DRAM in your SSD; the difference in price is small.

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"Frustration-Free Packaging" is an option, should be default over frustration packaging.
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Save 6% btw
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wlee wrote: Save 6% btw
The % is screwed up on the Amazon listing. The previous price was $91 IIRC. So it's something closer to a 9% discount actually. Unless the new regular price will be $87.50 from now on.
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Good price. Got it for 79.99 last year. $3 more in COVID times is entirely acceptable! Take my upvote
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Temporel wrote: For cloning a system drive, use Macrium Reflect 7 software. It's easy to use and free for home use.

Before someone asks, you want DRAM in your SSD; the difference in price is small.

Where do you find if a SSD has DRAM? I'm looking at a Samsung 860 EVO and only see this: Samsung 512 MB Low Power DDR4 SDRAM, is this the same as DRAM?
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A bit out of topic, but Ive been looking at external SSDs

Whats the going price for 512GBs-1TB nowadays? I have a couple of 512s saved on my Amazon wishlist thats about $90-100. Does the price get better?
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elcheapoo wrote: Where do you find if a SSD has DRAM? I'm looking at a Samsung 860 EVO and only see this: Samsung 512 MB Low Power DDR4 SDRAM, is this the same as DRAM?
Yes it is.

You find if a SSD has DRAM or not in the manufacturer specifications, by the controller it uses, in professional reviews or in pictures of the boards from users who have disassembled a unit.

There's also an extensive spreadsheet maintained by NewMaxx a Reddit user:

https://docs.google.com/spreadsheets/u/ ... view#gid=0

Don't worry about the EVO line though; it has DRAM for sure.

IMHO, the current price premium for the Samsung EVO line when compared to the Crucial MX series is not justified.
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There is also a free version of Acronis True Image that you can use if you have this in your computer.
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Any preference over this Crucial MX500 3D NAND 500GB vs the WD Blue 3D NAND 500GB SSD or just go with whichever is cheaper? Thanks.
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Sheed30 wrote: Any preference over this Crucial MX500 3D NAND 500GB vs the WD Blue 3D NAND 500GB SSD or just go with whichever is cheaper? Thanks.
Crucial MX500 500 GB marginally beats WD Blue 500 GB.

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Plus, I believe Crucial gets the best binned NANDs from its parent company Micron Technology.

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