Microcenter  64 GB SSD Issues in HP NX7400

Posted on 2011-10-11
Last Modified: 2012-05-12
I have been working with SSD drives trying to slide them into older laptops and desktops.    So far I've tried 4 drives.   One went into a Dell laptop where I was able to load it normally without a problem.   Another went into a desktop with a SATA III controller.   There I loaded things on a conventional disk then I cloned the drive to the SSD, that worked well.

I've had problems with two MicroCenter G2 Series 64 GB drives in a HP NX7400 laptop.   I've tried to use recovery disks to load these drives but they never complete the install.   I also tried using a conventional WD Black Drive without any trouble.   I tried to clone this onto the Microcenter drives and it failed.  

Are these Microcenter drives bad?   They don't test out bad?  Are SSD's just much more problematic than conventional drives?   Any suggestions to make them work?
Question by:kdubendorf
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    by:David Johnson, CD, MVP
    no as far as the computer is concerned they are SATA drives plain and simple.
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    >>  I've tried to use recovery disks to load these drives   <<   most recovery cd's check the hardware configuration; and my not like the different ssd size
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    First, FYI; SSD's all have physical memory block sizes and it is vital that the partition table be properly aligned to match.  Misaligned partitions cause major performance problems and significantly reduce the SSD's life.  If the partition was created using Windows 7; your OK.  If it was created with XP, you're definitely misaligned.
    I found this which ought to be useful:
    This won't be the source of your problem; though.....

    HP's recovery discs use WIM files which need the destination to be the same size as the original drive and I'd bet it's failing because of the size disparity.  If the recovery worked on a WD, shrink the partition to fit the SSD and then clone it (after you check the alignment).
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    Wow, a little more involved than I thought.   I haven't been able to get the NAND Page and Erase Block sizes for this disk from the manufacturer so I'm not sure of the alignment..  If I used Windows 7 to format this drive would it be aligned prperly?
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    by:Davis McCarn
    Use Win 7 to create the partition.  After that, you can format it with anything.

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