New install of SSD & Windows 8 at same time, from XP.
If I do a full shut down, on switching back on I get NTLDR error. A simple restart does not error and goes into Win 8 fine.
It does not find the SSD on the bios startup screen.
DEL into BIOS & it will not even detect the SSD
ctrl alt del restart
Startup screen shows SSD detected but if you leave will NTLDR error so
DEL into BIOS, SSD is now there on channel 1, Boot order oddly has the 2nd HDD at top of list and the SSD as 2nd
I move the SSD to top of list & reboot.
It will now work fine on restarts, the startup screen shows all normal detection etc.
If you do a shutdown, error again & you have to go through the above procedure.
Bit weird as everything is working well. If BIOS was really dodgy I would not expect it to do as well as it does.
Does not seem to be anything in BIOS about Fast boot, ie not fully refreshing some settings.
Have an old'ish ECS 6100PM-M2 V2 but generally handles things well, lastest BIOS but June 2009.
All SATA II
M4 SSD is on channel one, direct replacement for Old HDD which was master & 1st to boot.
Have a standard SATA HDD on channel 2 - No OS, just data.
Have 2 Sata DVD's on other channels
Decided to upgrade from Window XP to Windows 8 (64bit, surprisingly via upgrade advisor). prob would have done Win7 but 8 better value.
Felt good time & idea to put on new SSD, crucial M4 128GB so I could keep old in case anything went wrong.
During any install or going back to old system always completely disconnected which ever hard drive from computer so no hint of residual OS.
All installed remarkably well.
For anyone interested , getting to like Win 8, can get it working like Win 7 more each day.
Just Incredible speed improvement all round, boots in seconds, I guess SSD main help but XP had been gathering junk for a few years now but suspect Win 8 does have something to do with it. Win 8 just seem to work not much mucking around getting it installed, on network great, which even today on Win 7 can be iffy.