Thanks for the response, I have tried the bios process as you described removing all connecting drives, usbs, firewire and peripherals no luck. Its odd worked one day then next not. That is a bonus with non SSD drives, you would be in tune with your system and recognise the start of a failure; clicking, unusual whirring and other noises. SSDs just appear to suddenly stop - not good, fortunately I am a backup freak just need to get the system restored onto an exisiting harddrive.
Will the SSD image work on on a regular harddrive for windows7?