Well in order for me to use a computer now it must have a SSD. If it does not I will not use it. So I have been putting SSDs in a couple of old PCs I just got. One was a Pentium D that had zero issues, and usually that seems to be the norm for me with Pentium based machines.
Now I just built this crazy Asrock mobo and expansion card AMD Athlon X2 64bit that a friend gave me. I don't have Windows 7 and don't plan on investing $200 in the OS and Ram to run it. So Windows XP relies on the software with the SSD to keep it clean. Samsung and Intel include this and I think Kingston does now too along with Migration software for free. Crucial charges you on their website.
So I install another Samsung SSD on my first AMD mobo this Asrock. Everything goes well. Migration and boot up to XP. I install Samsung Magician, but it as a bad Magic show. Can't communicate with the Samsung SSD. None of the software features would work to maintain this SSD with Windows XP. Magician was useless. Called tech and they mentioned something about Marvell SATA drivers and to try to update. Well the mobo had drivers I just got from the website so oh well. Back to TigerDirect. Next up Intel 530.
For the Intel SSD 530 120gb things went well with the install also. Now it has Intel toolbox and it had more features working like OS optimization and driver health. Most of the important feature work except Drive Optimize and firmware update because same thing. It can not communicate with the drive.
Went to Intel website cause tech is closed. One guy just hooks it up to a Windows 7 machine and cleans it. Problem solved. I also hooked it up to my Windows 7 desktop and updated the firmware. You just can't do this though a USB port. It has to be SATA. I did use an Ultra SATA 2.5' expansion too, so you do not have to put it in the Windows 7 machine.
Anyone else have this problem or better solutions?
I am just going to buy a removable drive bay for it.