SSDs are great!

But… it can be tricky to get the installation right!

I, like most people, want to keep my data. I really wanted to save my pictures, settings, and programs. I bought software that claimed it could make a disc image of my current hard drive(an exact copy of my computer) only to find out later that it won’t transfer an image of my large disk (300gig) to my smaller disc (128gig). What a joke! I couldn’t believe it, I had spent $45 dollars on a box with no instructions, that didn’t even do what I thought it would do. On top of that, after I loaded my half copied “Image” my computer wouldn’t recognize the SSD any longer. I found a few tricks to combat this issue:

Thanks to technocrate on windows 7 forums for this great reply:


Does it show the SSD at all? I would check to see that it’s indeed being picked up by the BIOS and if not, check the cables.
Occasionally, Windows setup can chuck a fit when it discovers a drive with an invalid MBR/boot sector and won’t install to it. To fix this, you could try the following:

1.Boot up Windows 7 disc.
2.When the welcome screen comes up on Windows Setup, press Shift + F10, which will display a command prompt.
3.Type “diskpart” (no quotes) and press enter.
4.Type “list disk” and press enter.
5.Hopefully you can see your SSD in the list. You should see a number identifying it. Now type “select disk X” (where X is the number identifying your SSD) and press enter.
6.Type “clean” and press enter. This will write a blank MBR, YOU WILL LOSE ANY DATA ON THE SSD if you did have anything on it.

Hopefully one of these tips helps :


Long story short, if you buy an SSD you are going to have to compromise somewhere.

  • Price: Larger hard disks are coming pre-installed in most computers these days some higher than 320gigs. An equivalent SSD is in upwards of $400.
  • Settings: You may have to sacrifice your workgroup or other network and browser related settings. You can always re-install the settings on the new hard drive.
  • Data: Your precious pictures and word documents might be gone forever! Just can always move the folders over to the new drive.

After I cleaned the disk a warning dialog opened stating “Windows can’t be installed on this partition, your computer doesn’t support this drive”.
Don’t freak out like I did. It sounds worse than it really is. I just exited the install process and started over, problem solved. I’m assuming it’s because I essentially created a new partition and the bios hadn’t recognized it yet.