Not sure if this is the right place to post this question, but I've just read the last 10 pages of this sticky, and enough of my issues have been touched upon here that it seems like the most appropriate place to me. Please feel free to move it elsewhere if necessary.
I just bought a RunCore Pro IV 32GB SSD
. No problem physically replacing the original SSD
with the new one (as an aside, the contents of my original SSD
are intact despite having used a magnetized screwdriver).
What I wanted to do next was align the partition on the new SSD
first, and then do a fresh installation of WinXP Home. I have an external CD/DVD-ROM (USB) which I've successfully used with my Mini 9 in the past.
As per the instructions to "Align system partition with free Vista Recovery Disc" athttp://www.ocztechnologyforum.com/forum/showpost.php?p=326656&postcount=3, I downloaded the Vista Recovery Disc and burned the ISO to a CD. I set the boot order to CD/DVD first. When I tried running the CD after installing the new SSD
, however, I consistently got the following message:
ntldr is missing
Ctrl-alt-del to reboot
I tried all three USB ports on the Mini, with the same results (as I said, the external optical drive worked with the original SSD
I Googled the error, and didn't find much in the way of immediate solutions.
I figured if there's some problem with the Mini reading from the optical drive, maybe I could try putting the Vista Recovery Disc on a flash drive and run it that way instead. Spent a few hours googling that
possibility. Problem is, I want to run the Vista Recovery Disc for the alignment, but I don't actually want to install
Vista. So I need to make the USB flash drive bootable, and then put both the Vista Recovery disc (for the alignment) and
WinXP on the flash drive for installation (although I have more than one flash drive, so I could
easily put the Vista Recovery Disc and WinXP Home on separate units).
Using ntldrusb.zip (on a flash drive), I got a little farther, but not in a helpful way:
Phoenix TrustedCore(tm) NB
Copyright 1985-2006 Phoenix Technologies Ltd.
All Rights Reserved
BIOS Version A04
CPU = 1 Processors Detected
Intel(R) Atom(TM) CPU N270 @ 1.60GHz
2039M System RAM Passed
512 KB L2 Cache
System BIOS shadowed
Video BIOS shadowed
Rixed Disk 0: RunCore 32G-C
USB 2.0: 410 RamBo USB 2.0
0200: Failure Fixed Disk 0
Press <F1> to resume, <F2> to setup
Pressing F1 or F2 didn't do anything. I waited for a few minutes, then turned the computer off. [Failure fixed disk sounds ominous. Does that mean the new SSD
is defective? Could that account for why the optical drive isn't being recognized by the new SSD
even though it worked fine with the old one?]
Running BootMyISO to set up the flash drive, I got the following message on the Mini:
Intel UNDI, PXE-2.1 (build 082)
Copyright Â© 1997-2000 Intel Corporation
For Realtek RTL8101E/8102E PCI-E Ethernet Controller v1.08 (080408)
PXE-E61: Media test failure, check cable
PXE-M0F: Exiting PXE ROM
Operating System not found
I found somewhere that the “Operating system not found” means “the LBR (bootsector of your USB volume) does not have a valid (55aah) signature, or that the partition table or MBR is wrong/corrupt.
Having spent over 10 hours working on this today, I finally gave up and put back the original SSD
(8GB) - it's
working fine, btw. But I really would like to get the 32 GB SSD
So what can I try next?
- How do I go about creating a bootable Vista Recovery Disc on to my flash drive?
- Assuming I am able to do that, would I be able to just use that to align the partition (i.e., not have the computer 'think' I'm actually going to install Vista)
- I have found a number of sites with instructions for how to install XP from a USB flash drive, so I'm hoping to be able to accomplish that without a whole lot of fuss – but does anyone have instructions that they feel are particularly straightforward or successful for this?
- If I can't go the Vista Recovery Disc route for the alignment, according to the ocztechnologyforum post I referred to above, "You need to have a working OS to boot to in order to align the partition on the drive." Does that mean I'd have to reinstall XP, align the partition, and then reinstall XP again in order to preserve the alignment?
- The Reinstallation CD that came with my Mini is a “Recovery Media for MS Win XP Home, service pack 3” - can that be used for a clean installation, or do I need a full-fledged XP Home CD (which I have for my Dell Dimension 5100 – could I use that and just enter the Mini's product key if/when asked?)
- Of course if the new SSD is bad, then I realize that any suggested solutions are moot right now - but at least I'll know I need to contact RunCore for a replacement.
I know the alignment of my new SSD
isn't critical, but as long as I'm starting from scratch, I'd like to try to set it up as 'ideally' as possible.
Any help would be greatly appreciated!
Addendum: I tried cloning the original drive this morning, and I can't even get that
to work. I connect the gizmo in the black casing to my Mini - get a popup saying, "The device has been loaded" but I don't know what do to next. When I look under "My Computer", the additional harware doesn't show up, and sure as heck nothing initiates on its own!
If someone can just tell me how to go about this cloning business, I'd be happy to skip all the above for the time being. I just can't figure out how to tell WHERE the problem lies!