i plugged the old mechanical HDD in with the same data as the SSD and it worked fine... relatively.
at this point it stopped booting after installed the nvidia driver. i'm starting to suspect the GT240. it did have this runny silver bright shinny stuff on it, which i replaced with AS5.
ATM i'm doing a CHKDSK on the HDD and will try a clean install on the SSD. I also took care of the "wire management" I like to run wires under the mobo not to be mistaken with modern cases that had the hollow space in the back. you have to be sharp though some times the prickleys on the mobo can cause a short. not so bad with 1 or 2 USB cables but, on the last i did the IDE cable needed a thin cardboard shim. So i made up pice of card board the cover the entire mobo back with holes for the stand offs just in case that was the issue. (paper doesn't burnt till 400C)
The advantage is massively cleaner case and way more room for air to flow. as this is an SFFish HTPC build.
will see who the check disk and and clean install play out. thankfully i have HDD and SSD on hand.example
Works well if your keen on the potential issues. if all else fails i'll fall back on to this being the problem.
EDIT: check disk went well, uninstalling the nivida driver made it start booting again. this probably explains no boot earlier as windows likes to install missing video card drivers via updates. also noticed AMD catalyst is still lingering in "uninstall programs"
EDIT: also clean installing sucks because you have to reinstall all your programs, not so bad on an HTPC but, if you had to clean install my main desktops, you would shoot your self.
prey for the sweet mercy of death.
j/k .... sort of.
EDIT: seems to be nvidia driver. maybe hard ware fault? lets see what a clean install does. time switch back to the SSD for a test of clean installing.Edited by cdoublejj - 3/2/14 at 8:48pm