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by Rob Follis

21st September, 2018


Got an ageing computer that’s just chugging along? Don’t consign it to the trash just yet, because replacing its hard drive with an Solid State Drive could give it a new lease of life.

Respected memory maker Crucial has just launched the amazingly affordable BX500 SSD range with that very purpose in mind. With a common 2.5-inch form factor and three choices of capacity – 120GB, 240GB and 480GB – it might be the ideal way to give your creaking notebook, Media PC or Mac Mini a quick and cheap overhaul. At these prices you coukld even build an ultra-fast Mini-RAID array.

SSDs are typically three times faster than mechanical hard drives, and because they lack moving parts, they use up a lot less energy too, meaning less strain on laptop batteries. Next-generation SSDs enable faster boot-ups, programme loads and longer battery life.

And if you think you need to be a PC whizz to switch out your old HDD for a snazzy new SSD, Crucial reckons you’re wrong: it offers a guide for easy installation, plus software to migrate data over to the new drive.

Micron’s Teresa Kelley said:

It’s time for computer users to make the transition from hard drives to solid-state technology,

SSD technology is becoming more mainstream than ever, and for those who are ready to make the switch to solid state, the Crucial BX500 offers performance and reliability at a competitive price from a brand consumer have grown to trust.

Advanced features.

  • Data loss protection via the Multistep Data Integrity Algorithm.
  • Protection from overheating via Adaptive Thermal Monitoring tools.
  • Faster writes via Dynamic Write Acceleration technology.
  • 300% faster than a rotating hard drive[
  • 45x more energy efficient than a typical hard drive
  • Leverages Micron® 3D NAND and a 40-year legacy of memory and storage technology
  • Backed by a 3-year limited warranty

GadgetNET says: SSDs have always been a great way to speed up a computer – and these Crucial SSDs are particularly affordable, made by one of the biggest brands in storage and backed up with a three-year warranty

The BX500 is available now, priced at $44.95, $71.95 and $124.95 for the 120GB, 240GB and 480GB capacities respectively.

For more information visit Crucial


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Tags: ssd  laptop  mac  macbook  upgrade  computer 

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Rob Follis

Rob Follis has been writing about tech on and off for over 40 years, is a designer, photographer, information omnivore, gadget-head, Hi-Fi afficionado, owner of far far too many things and sadly an unsuccessful app developer. A born & bred Londoner now happily living in Melbourne. Email Rob.

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