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X-post from the hard drive section but maybe you guys will have some insight.

I am working on a clients computer and their existing hard drive completely failed. I went to look up the part number on it to get an OE replacement (it was a Sony laptop) and the drive turned out to be a Hybrid Drive. The model of drive is a Toshiba MQ01ABD075H (rev. AAS AC30/AUF03H). I am having the hardest time installing Windows on this drive. I cannot for the life of me get the dang thing to format properly. Client wants Windows 8.1 which as far as I know, doesn't require any weird formatting. I am just doing NTFS like I always do but somewhere along the install, it corrupts around 3%. I am currently doing a long format in my Win7 workbench machine and I am going to try installing again. Is there any special trick to installing on an SSHD or any special formatting needed? I am really scratching my head on this one.
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My brother's laptop drive dyed and he ordered one of those SSHD drives since it was the cheapest he could find. The recovery disks he had saw it as a regular HDD and put Windows 7 back on it. So as far as I know you shouldn't have to do anything different than normal.
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My brother's laptop drive dyed and he ordered one of those SSHD drives since it was the cheapest he could find. The recovery disks he had saw it as a regular HDD and put Windows 7 back on it. So as far as I know you shouldn't have to do anything different than normal.

Yeah its been super odd. This is a new OEM drive that Sony sent us and we cannot get it to load Windows. It format's fine & passes tests in Parted Magic but doesn't take the Win8.1 install. It's the weirdest thing. It doesn't get past 5%.
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Yeah its been super odd. This is a new OEM drive that Sony sent us and we cannot get it to load Windows. It format's fine & passes tests in Parted Magic but doesn't take the Win8.1 install. It's the weirdest thing. It doesn't get past 5%.
Have you tried installing a different OS? A while back I had a drive that refused to install W8 and W7 but for some reason Linux Mint worked. I was then able to use a Live CD to change the file system back to NTFS and install W7. I assume it was some sort of error that went undetected, then "fixed" after I changed the file system back and forth. Otherwise I'd say you have a bad drive.
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Have you tried installing a different OS? A while back I had a drive that refused to install W8 and W7 but for some reason Linux Mint worked. I was then able to use a Live CD to change the file system back to NTFS and install W7. I assume it was some sort of error that went undetected, then "fixed" after I changed the file system back and forth. Otherwise I'd say you have a bad drive.

Good call on that but I tried Mint 17.2 or 17.3 and it still did not like the HDD. At least with Mint, it will error out right away if it isn't going to work. I might try sending the drive back to Sony and see if they will warranty it. The frustrating thing is that it passes all the HDD tests and I can't figure out why. No errors or anything (only has like 25 hours on it now) and it just doesn't want to play nice. I am going to contact Sony and see if they will RMA it. Thanks for all the help though, I do appreciate it.
Cheers mate
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Good call on that but I tried Mint 17.2 or 17.3 and it still did not like the HDD. At least with Mint, it will error out right away if it isn't going to work. I might try sending the drive back to Sony and see if they will warranty it. The frustrating thing is that it passes all the HDD tests and I can't figure out why. No errors or anything (only has like 25 hours on it now) and it just doesn't want to play nice. I am going to contact Sony and see if they will RMA it. Thanks for all the help though, I do appreciate it.
Cheers mate
Does a Live Disk work? The gpart (I think that's the name) application is better than the windows counterpart in my experience. That's about all I can think of. I don't have much hands on experience with SSHD drives.

edit: Also, is there a firmware update for it?
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Does a Live Disk work? The gpart (I think that's the name) application is better than the windows counterpart in my experience. That's about all I can think of. I don't have much hands on experience with SSHD drives.

edit: Also, is there a firmware update for it?

I actually hadn't thought about a firmware update. I will pop into work tomorrow and look into that. I just figured it was kind of like a regular hard drive but that is definitely a good thought. I will have to look more into this. Thanks again!thumb.gif
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