I recently purchased one of the ASUS g73jh-x1 notebooks and a corsair p128 SSD to install in it.
For those unfamiliar, the system specs are:
Processor: Intel Core i7 720QM
OS: Windows 7 Home Premium
Chipset: Mobile Intel HM55 Express
Memory: 8 GB DDR3 667MHz SODIMM
Video chip: ATI Mobility Radeon HD 5870, 1G GDDR5 VRAM
HDD: 500 GB (7200rpm)
My issue is that when i remove the original 500 gig HDD from the notebook, I can't boot from the SSD or the windows 7 disk anymore.
The bios recognizes the SSD.
Windows recognizes the SSD as long as I boot into windows from the original 500 gig hard drive.
So I booted from the original HDD, formatted my new SSD to ntfs, and created a single partition.
Then I rebooted, and used my disk to install windows 7 on the SSD. (which was recognized during the install, as long as I still have the original HDD in the machine)
When I rebooted after that, the bootloader recognized both windows 7 installs and asked me which one I wanted to boot into. (dual boot)
Then I shut down, removed the 500 gig HDD, and tried to boot from the windows disk again so I could "repair" my new windows install (ie write the MBR to the SSD) but I got nothing.
No "press any key to boot from disk", just a flashing cursor after the bios screen.
I have tried a few variations, but nothing seems to get any response unless the original 500 gig HDD is in the laptop. Any time I take it out, I can't boot at all using anything, even my knoppix disk.
I don't want to format the HDD until I sort this out, I am afraid I'll have a paperweight after that.
Any thoughts or suggestions, anyone know what I am doing wrong?
Because when I remove the 500gb drive, I can't boot from the windows 7 install disk.
When I remove the 500gb drive, I can't boot period.
What you suggested is actually the first thing I tried when i got the notebook, yanked the original hdd out, threw in the SDD, and tried to install a fresh copy of windows. Needless to say I was surprised when it wouldn't boot.
The 500gb drive doesn't have anything on it but windows and bloatware, so I don't even have anything to transfer. Once I get the SSD up and running i am just going to format the 500gb HDD and use it for storage.
Ok, I poked around in the BIOS, and when I enabled an option called "uefi boot" it allowed me to boot from the windows 7 disk and install on to my SSD, even when my other hard drive wasn't in the machine.
I dunno why I needed to do that, but if anyone has the same problem, that fixes it.