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    Default CRUCIAL MX300 750GB SSD Review

    Introduction If you don’t own an SSD by now, you really should. Nothing is quite as satisfying as seeing Windows boot up in mere seconds, versus the half a minute or more it sometimes takes with traditional hard disk drives. Solid State used to be pretty pricey, but it seems like those prices are dropping every day making good drives much easier for any consumer to get their hands on. CRUCIAL is a company that may get overlooked when it comes to some of the other juggernauts in the industry. However, they seem to have a good range of drives that perform decently while being at a reasonable price. Today, we’ll see how the MX300 with 750GB of capacity measures up, but before we do, here’s a quick section from CRUCIAL’s site that tell us a little bit about them. Expertise is Crucial We live and breathe memory and storage, but its not just a work thing. We build our own rigs, geek out over new technology, and game as soon as were off the clock. Were constantly learning, and we like jumping on the forums to answer your questions just as much as we enjoy walking you through the install process so you dont have to figure it out on your own. Compatibility is Crucial With more than 100,000 products on the market, memory and storage used to be notoriously hard to buy. But when you use our System Scanner or Crucial Advisor tool, years of compatibility research are at your fingertips. In just three questions, well learn enough about your system to provide a list of guaranteed compatible parts itll take less than a minute. Reliability is Crucial Memory runs the apps you use all day, every day, and SSDs store your digital life. Reliability is important. From sand to silicon to finished product, every Crucial memory module and SSD must pass hundreds of quality inspections and undergo additional reliability testing before leaving our doors. Were able to make our products from start-to-finish (as opposed to having to assemble them from chips made elsewhere). Commitment is Crucial Thirty-five years ago when Micron started, we were one of over 40 memory manufacturers. Now there are just a handful. Were one of them, and were here to make all types of memory and SSD upgrades available to you.

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    Default Re: CRUCIAL MX300 750GB SSD Review

    Great review Josh, I always liked the Crucial SDD, actually I have one 960GB SSD in my machine since almost 5 yrs ago and still have no issues with it, working smooth as a butter, this younger brother (M300 750 GB SSD), is really amazing and price too.

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    Default Re: CRUCIAL MX300 750GB SSD Review

    Nice review. The artificial speed boost looks good on paper, I have to wonder if it plays any better in the real world than the Samsung version.

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    Default Re: CRUCIAL MX300 750GB SSD Review

    Quote Originally Posted by Ciarlatano View Post
    Nice review. The artificial speed boost looks good on paper, I have to wonder if it plays any better in the real world than the Samsung version.
    Even on paper, doesn't seem to work quite as good as Samsung's, but it could just be the Marvel controller. Samsung is a lot more expensive though.

    I'm trying to clone my system onto the drive, but Acronis is being a pain. Might just find a free one online. I'll let you know how it feels once my system is running on the drive with the Momentum enabled.

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    Quote Originally Posted by joshjaks View Post
    Even on paper, doesn't seem to work quite as good as Samsung's, but it could just be the Marvel controller. Samsung is a lot more expensive though.

    I'm trying to clone my system onto the drive, but Acronis is being a pain. Might just find a free one online. I'll let you know how it feels once my system is running on the drive with the Momentum enabled.
    Crucial doesn't provide any type of cloning software? I recall the Samsung cloning software being a little odd the last time I used it, but never had an issue with Acronis (provided it was up to date).

    Have you tried doing a full disk backup with Acronis, then restoring it to the new disk using an Acronis startup disk? Cloning is far easier, but if that is being an issue, this may be a better path.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Ciarlatano View Post
    Crucial doesn't provide any type of cloning software? I recall the Samsung cloning software being a little odd the last time I used it, but never had an issue with Acronis (provided it was up to date).

    Have you tried doing a full disk backup with Acronis, then restoring it to the new disk using an Acronis startup disk? Cloning is far easier, but if that is being an issue, this may be a better path.
    Acronis is what was included with the Drive. Could be a Windows 10 thing, a UEFI issue, not sure.

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    Default Re: CRUCIAL MX300 750GB SSD Review

    Quote Originally Posted by joshjaks View Post
    Acronis is what was included with the Drive. Could be a Windows 10 thing, a UEFI issue, not sure.
    You should try Paragon Hard Disk Manager, I never had a issue with PHDM on windows 7 and now on windows 10, exclusively last week a backup/clone my whole system from Crucial 960GB SSD to Samsung 950 PRO NVMe SSD without any problem.

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    Quote Originally Posted by joshjaks View Post
    Acronis is what was included with the Drive. Could be a Windows 10 thing, a UEFI issue, not sure.
    If they didn't give you the latest version, it doesn't work with Win 10. There should be an update/patch option for it.

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    Default Re: CRUCIAL MX300 750GB SSD Review

    Excellent well written review Josh!

    I have one of these sitting in a box on my desk...haven't decided where to put it, but it's likely going to hang around until I build my next machine...<sigh>.

    One question though. Where the heck do you get the time to do all these reviews??? You just did a video review, you're posting news every day or so, and you've written 3 or 4 reviews (that I can recall) in the last couple weeks...I can't even find the time to finish a review on some USB 3 devices.

    What the heck?

    Seriously though. Great work, and I look forward to your next review(s).

    As for the Crucial drive that is the subject of this review. I'm with you. Perfect for Bulk Storage, and given it's cost, I can't imagine purchasing much of anything else. These days I run pretty much Crucial & Samsung exclusively, and I rarely buy anything but the mainstream drives. The performance differences between one SATA SSD to another (keeping in the Crucial Samsung stables) is so lost in the weeds in real world usage, I can't imagine burning money for the high performance models, unless I need a specific feature. Having said that, NVME drives are probably worth the extra $$$ if you can lay your hands on them. I've got one Samsung 950 PRO M.2 NVME sitting idle in my Linux box, waiting a fresh install of Mint 18...I haven't done any benchmarks on it compared to the other drives in the system though...sorry, rambling.

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    Good review sir. I need to get me a good ssd.

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