Hi, my first post here but I've been reading a lot on this forum and always found the solution to my problems. Except now, I can't find any post related to my problem:
I've been improving my girlfriend's Acer Aspire 5750G (i7-2630QM - 8GB RAM (upgraded from 4GB) -NVIDIA GeForce GT540M - HD: WD6400BVPT @5400rpm) and I wanted to install a Kingston SV100S2/256G (version: SSDNow V100) with Windows 7 Home Premium on the SSD of course.
Roadmap to my problem:
The SSD doesn't fit in the normal HDD bay: There are 2 plastic pins above the SATA connector so the SSD doesn't fit in there (the SATA connector of a normal 2,5" HDD isn't covered by the casing like the SSD). I found someone on the webs who just broke these pins off but I don't want to lose the warranty on the laptop... yet.
Solution 1: I bought an optical HDD Caddy for the SSD so I could reinstall Windows with the Acer erecovery program which gave me the next problem: The stupid program doesn't let me choose where to install Windows 7!
Solution 2: I downloaded all drivers seperatly from the Acer site and installed a second Windows 7 (from a USB stick) on the SSD. Next problem: I tried to install the 100MB partition with the bootmgr on the SSD but that didn't work when I only booted from the SSD without the normal HDD in it. I realised then that the BIOS didn't recognize the SSD in the optical bay. The BIOS only 'sees' the WD HDD.
Solution 3: I deleted the 100MB partition on the SSD, reinstalled Windows 7 on it and used EasyBCD 2.2 to only boot from the SSD. I wanted to delete the windows on the original HDD (C: drive) but I couldn't (tried with disk management, diskpart and Easus Partition Master). I ended up shrinking the Windows partition on the normal HDD (with Easus) and making a new partition for extra data. I could remove the asigned drive letter from the 100MB partition but not from the windows partition (= C: ). The windows partition on the SSD is asigned to drive letter A:.
So far my system works...
Until I tried the WEI just out of curiosity and it gave me an error that it couldn't find a place to store the results (My windows is in Dutch so I didn't translate the whole error message). I'm just wondering now if I have a stable system and if everything is going to keep on working properly.
Is there anybody that can tell me if I made some serious errors? Is there something I should do or shouldn't have done?
Thing I'd like to fix if possible:
- Make the BIOS recognize my SSD.
- Change the drive letter of the SSD to C: and remove the windows partition on the normal HDD.
Overall I've been pretty disappointed with Acer: No place for an SSD upgrade in the normal HDD bay (this mobo should have 2 SATA III interfaces and none of them is used) and their software is not upgrade-friendly at all...
Anyway, tips & tricks are very welcome...