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Windows 7: New SSD and a Windows DVD failure

11 Mar 2010   #21
gmreplay

W7 Ultimate
 
 

The damned OCZ forum won't even send me the account activation email. Apparently there is a substantial process you have to go through to get this working properly. And I thought SSDs were ready for primetime! Boy was I wrong.


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11 Mar 2010   #22
whs
Microsoft MVP

Vista, Windows7, Mint Mate, Zorin, Windows 8
 
 

LOL, I did not have that problem. But that was 18 months ago.
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11 Mar 2010   #23
gmreplay

W7 Ultimate
 
 

I'm trying the sanitary erase just to get my sanity back, but even that won't work. I followed the guide here to the letter Guide How to use OCZ Sanitary Erase but when I try to agree to proceed in the wiping of the drive I get the "Error: cannot open target drive 2" message. I ran a google search for this and turned up nothing in English. This is getting real desperate real fast.
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11 Mar 2010   #24
whs
Microsoft MVP

Vista, Windows7, Mint Mate, Zorin, Windows 8
 
 

As we said before. The thing is defunct. Probably the indilink controller.
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11 Mar 2010   #25
gmreplay

W7 Ultimate
 
 

Bloody hell.
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11 Mar 2010   #26
gmreplay

W7 Ultimate
 
 

Any idea why my DVD drive still sounds like it's going to explode while reading a disk? I still can't fathom how a SSD affected that.
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11 Mar 2010   #27
Wishmaster

Windows 7 Home Premium 64bit
 
 

If you can see your vertex in the Bios, as suggested try a Sanitary_Erase.

If its disappearing from bios w/signs of corruption or startup repairs, then you may be having the issues many others have had. Especially if on FW 1.5
Or at least signs of a Drive that will soon be "lost"

For SE, you must do this w/the drive connected to another machine running Windows. The SSD can NOT be activley running the OS.

To SE from the same PC, you need to place SE on a USB drive and boot from a 32BIT Win7/Vista Disc.
((It HAS to be a 32bit install disc. to execute SE from CMD Promp))
At Install Scrren press Shift+F10
Then type the following commands to SE your Drive:

diskpart
list volume
<<Take Note of the Driver letter given to your USB>>
exit
<<Drive Letter of USB>> :
sanitary_erase

.... <<youll see all disks listed. Simply type the number of your SSD, likely 0>>

Youll getting a Warning now. Contains partition DATA that will be lost. Continue?
just Press Y

exit
exit

Restart and you can now boot from the 64bit install disk and install as normal. I would just create all the partitions in Win7s setup TBH.
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11 Mar 2010   #28
Jo6Pak

7 Ultimate
 
 

If you haven't already, I would spend a few hours (minimum) perusing the Vertex Forum to get a better idea of what you're up against before proceeding. Of course it IS possible you have a defective unit, but there are several things that can go wrong during an installation if you are not familiar with the particulars of doing so. SSDs are very different from conventional drives. For example, you never want to defrag one (use TRIM and GC instead). When wiping an SSD, rather than '0 it out', you actually '1 it out'. Just a couple examples of how different they are from what your are probably used to when dealing with HDDs.

Don't give up but, if necessary, RMA it and they will send you a new one (if it was a retail purchase) with the latest firmware. You WANT the latest firmware and there is plenty of talk about that in the Vertex forum.
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12 Mar 2010   #29
gmreplay

W7 Ultimate
 
 

I tried to run the sanitary erase on the SSD, but even that is non-functional. I've tried to run it from within Windows 7 on my NVIDIA based motherboard system, using the USB + Windows 7 32 bit disk method, and even on my netbook as an external drive, all per recommendations on the OCZ board. Not a single one worked. This drive has already outweighed in headaches the benefits it offers me. I'm about to throw it back in the box and ship it to newegg. What a damn disappointment. There goes 15-20 hours of prep and troubleshooting.
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12 Mar 2010   #30
Bare Foot Kid
Microsoft MVP

W 7 64-bit Ultimate
 
 

Hello gmreplay, it's a shame you're having such issues with a new SSD.


Here's an excellent tutorial on Diskpart, at the link below; it does an exceptional job, I used it to do a secure erase (clean all) on my Intel G2 with no problems at all.

Disk - Clean and Clean All with Diskpart Command
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