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Last year I re-built my desktop workstation with a AData (Microcenter) 60Gb SSD for the OS drive. It’s nice and fast but blue screens once or twice a week. The same system before the SSD was rock solid. After doing some research I found that others were having blue screens with the same SSD. So I have picked up a 64Gb OCZ SSD to swap the AData drive for. I have cloning software (Apricorn EZ Gig) that I have used in the past on other machines to clone the drive, but I’m having problems with this workstation. It starts to boot from the CD but hangs half way in, when it is loading drivers.

 

I’m wondering if it is something connected to SSD (bios setting or something). AHCI mode? I’ve downloaded a newer version of the software but haven’t tried it yet.

 

Has anyone else cloned SSDs? Are there any gotchas that needed to be watched for?

 

Thanks,

Bill

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Here are the short answers, yes you "should" set to AHCI if you can but it will work on either IDE or AHCI. If your original install was done with IDE, you will have to reg hack before you can switch to AHCI. Do not use cloning software unless it is SSD aware and is certified to work it. Apricorn sort of claims they are but I would write to them to make sure. I use Acronis 2012 and have clone many times with no issues. As a matter of fact I just did on my recent upgrade. Lastly, make sure you do a secure erase between each attempt to clear out the drive correctly first.

 

http://thedocsworld.net/vertex-3-240-gig-max-iops/

http://thedocsworld.net/ssd-setup-and-optimizing/

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Here are the short answers, yes you "should" set to AHCI if you can but it will work on either IDE or AHCI. If your original install was done with IDE, you will have to reg hack before you can switch to AHCI. Do not use cloning software unless it is SSD aware and is certified to work it. Apricorn sort of claims they are but I would write to them to make sure. I use Acronis 2012 and have clone many times with no issues. As a matter of fact I just did on my recent upgrade. Lastly, make sure you do a secure erase between each attempt to clear out the drive correctly first.

 

http://thedocsworld....0-gig-max-iops/

http://thedocsworld....and-optimizing/

 

Never would have guessed that there is that much difference in the 2 technologies that special software is required to clone.

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I just want to be clear, I have AHCI turned on. And it was on when I installed Win7.

 

If that is the case it is one of three things. Either the BIOS is confused when it boots (boot order), the clone process got corrupted or the drive is bad. To rule out the drive, I would try to clone another system if you have one or just "temporarily" disconnect all your other drives and try a clean install on the SSD. If the clean install works, then you know it is in the cleaning process.

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