I am running Windows Vista. I just got a Samsung 128gb SSD, installed it, and I can't get it to show up in the installation wizard that came with the drive. When I boot it appears in the list of drives in the bios, but it doesn't show up under My Computer or Computer Management. Anyone know something I might try to get this thing working?
EDIT: The SSD actually does show up in Disk Management. When I click "New Simple Volume" and go through the wizard it says "The operation could not be completed because the disk is not initialized."
EDIT2: Had to click the box to the right to initialize. Pretty sure it's formatting now.
I thought the disk was formatted, and I was able to run a couple games off of it, but as soon as I restarted by PC it stopped being recognized, and still wasn't recognized by the software that came with the drive. Now it recognizes it as a "New Volume" formatted with FAT32 and only 256 MB. I can't initialize it again, and when I format it it treats it like a 256 mb disk.
I was planning on installing Windows on the drive, but if I can't get it behaving normally first I don't know.
I've heard "AHCI mode" thrown around a lot in other discussions. I'll give it a shot. The drive is brand new, so I'm giving it the benefit of the doubt at this point, but I'll try it on another machine if I'm able.
I couldn't find anything about AHCI in my BIOS setup screen. Still not sure what it is or if it would help.
However, I rebooted and now the SSD can be formatted again. I still have 0 confidence that it will stay that way. Anyone have any ideas? AHCI seems like more of a performance enhancer from what I've seen and I don't even know if my mobo supports it (ASUS P5D).