I'm new to this forum and a SSD / Samsung 830 freshman.
So, please bear with me:
I bought my first SSD a few days ago, to install it on my Asus N73SV notebook. The initial approach was to clone my old HDD system partition. Used Norton Ghost, then Acronis. That didn't work out, as the system wouldn't boot (bootmgr missing error). All this time, the ssd was mounted on a SATA to USB adapter. The SSD Magician detected it without any problems. At some point I decided to mount the SSD on the second sata slot of my notebook with the intention to clone the system over there, but the BIOS wouldn't detect it - SATA port seen as empty. Put it back on the USB adapter (everytime I moved the ssd around, from one port to another, was done with the notebook turned off, unplugged and battery disconnected), but this time SSD Magician wouldn't see it anymore - it gave me "No Samsung brand SSD found on the system" or something like that, even though the system recognized it. It's now when I decided to do a clean OS install. Put it on Sata port 0 and started the install. Everything went smooth, without any hickups, The speed is AMAZING - Windows 7 boots up in 7 seconds (from ASUS screen to Desktop) with all the drivers and windows updates installed.
Now, there is a little problem: SSD Magician crashes everytime I run it. Tried to re-install it with no positive results. I even tried to update the SSD firmware, through DOS, but the firmware was up to date and didn't let me overwrite.
Is there a fix to my problem? I KNOW that, at some point, I'll be needing the Magician software to TRIM my SSD and do all the optimisations regularly.
This is one amazing piece of hardware - even if I might've f@%ked it up, it still gives a great performance. As a proof, here are two pictures with the benchmark with the stock HDD and with the Samsung 830
I didn't crop the pictures on purpose
Any help would be greatly appreciated.