Whenever I try and install Win 7 on it, i get some error saying "windows cannot install on this hard drive cause your hardware may not support it as a boot device" , or something very similar to that. It also mentions something about the drivers not being installed on the drive. Now, I've updated the firmware to the latest one (2.22) and tried switching the bays, formatting it, reformatting it, switching my Sata controllers from ACHI to IDE AND RAID, with no positive results. Sometimes, BIOS wont even recognize the drive is there, but sometimes it does. It's like hit or miss whether or not it gets recognized on startup. But whenever i run the FW tool, it ALWAYS shows up. I've run out of things to try from my personal knowledge base. Which on HDD's and SSD's, tbh, isn't the greatest.
Is there something i'm doing wrong, or a step i haven't taken to get this thing to allow Win 7 to install on it? Or are they not compatible with each other? or SOMETHING to end my frustration. SOS!!!!
Start the win7 install like normal, when you get to the part where the install asks you to pic a HD to install to click the icon that says add driver.
Navigate to the usb drive then the win7 folder.
Windows should find the updated intel driver and install it.
You should then have the option of choosing your ssd during the install.
The fact that the bios does not always detect the drive leads me to think the SSD might be defective. It should be detected by the mother board each and every time you power on.
Make sure you have the ssd connected to the laptop all the way. Some times they are tiny bit shorter and will not fit in the laptop hdd tray well or you have to push and wiggle them to get them to connect correctly.
I have some 12 SSDs, The ONLY one that I've had a problem with is OCZ Agility III, would Not install in SB Laptop. To be fair that was when they first came out, only took OCZ & sandforce (using Users as Ginny pigs) to fix their problems. It is running in my wife's system (soon to be replaced with a Curcial M4)!!
What kind of lights are showing on the SSD when it's plugged in? Green and Yellow?
When my OCZ SSD was acting up I went over to the OCZ forums and asked about it.They're official people that work for OCZ answering questions and they were extremely helpful.I suggest asking your question in those forums if it is indeed the drives fault.