M500 SSD Hard Drive Stuck Creating GPT Partition on Windows 8
Posted on 2013-06-03
Its a strange question to post here but I'm fairly desperate. I bought an Crucial M500 480GB SSD last week and installed it in my Lenovo T430 laptop - I installed windows in boot mode (NOT UEFI) and it worked fine.
I then decided to reinstall in UEFI mode instead (so the partitions are GPT not MBR based) so I could take advantage of the native encryption supported by the M500 and W8.
Everything was going fine until I came to the screen in the Windows 8 setup where I create the partition - as soon as I confirmed the partition creation, the setup got stuck - not HD light activity, just the eternally spinning 'working' cursor. I waited an hour and still no luck so I force rebooted the laptop - this instantly bricked the SSD and made me immediately less happy.
I arranged a replacement, thinking faulty drive. I've installed the SSD in the laptop and attempted the same UEFI/GPT installation (first time this time) and it has frozen again in the same place.
I'm now stuck with a laptop that I daren't turn off for fear of bricking the drive but can't use. Does anyone have any suggestions?
I was wondering if, like on a PC, there was a way of doing a reset rather than 5 second power button force reboot - my hope being that it might preserve the power to the SSD and prevent another brick being created.
The laptop is a new Lenovo T430 (which worked fine with Crucial M4 previously)
Thanks in advance!
P.S. Obviously I've messaged Crucial but I have no idea what their support is like, either way I'll be reporting my findings here as a warning/guide to other M500 owners.