EXCELLENT Large Capacity SSD - Crucial MX500 2TB 3D NAND SATA SSD Review

Just a couple of pictures of the packaging the SSD arrived in from Amazon. I guess it really is "frustration free".
Crucial MX 500 2TB SSD

★★★★★ (5 out of 5)

  • Capacity (2 TB of solid state storage!!)
  • Price (Paid about $0.10/GB [$208.99] total during an Amazon flash sale on Cyber Monday) Speed (Plenty fast for a SATA based SSD)
  • Longevity (Not one of the new quad-level cell [QLC NAND] SSDs so it should handle more write cycles)
  • Management software (Firmware updates/extra features/etc…)

  • None

Other Thoughts
I've been looking at options for getting mass storage in my ITX build and I was hopeful that a good deal on a multi terabyte capacity SSD would show up around the Black Friday/Cyber Monday season. Sure enough, Amazon put this one on sale. It was very hard to resist at that price. I looked at several 1TB options around the $120-$140 range but I wanted something with a bit more capacity without having to pay over double the cost of some 1TB options available. Even though the speed would be excellent, I also didn't want to run a RAID array of 1TB SSDs. Not only for less complexity but also for lesser cables to manage in my compact ITX build. This SSD fit the bill perfectly!

I owned a 1TB Crucial SATA SSD in the past but parted with it due to switching platforms so I had no problem going with Crucial again. I'm using this for mass storage of Google Drive files, video game files and Hyper-V Virtual Machines. This works perfectly for all of those purposes. My personal rig is all solid state storage with a 1TB M.2 NVMe SSD and now this 2TB SATA SSD. Everything is speedy and it's kind of sad to say that now this SATA SSD is the bottleneck in my system when I'm transferring files (as if 500+ Megabytes per second isn't fast enough).

There's not much else to comment on about this SSD. I got it for what I believe to be a reasonable price and without having to make any compromises!

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