Sorry to hear about your troubles. I built this machine in January 2011 and needless to say there was a lot of test (not as in benchmark) software installed to figure out what I liked.
I was going to use Migrate OS and decided not to, so here I am...fresh install, trying to get basic stuff going. It really flies! Blew by boots off....gonna be a pain when winter hits!
I done the ACHI thing a long time ago and installed that way so I think I am good to go.
I left my 1TB drive in tact and installed Win7 to SSD. It put the boot loader on the 1TB drive. So not iy has 1....Win7 2....Mandriva and 3 Win7....the second win7 is the one on the HDD so I should be able to go export stuff.
Mine did require a Firmware update!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! From 5.1 to 5.3!!!!
Gonna bench it in a few when I get something installed to work with screen shots.
Post any help you can...I've heard to turn off write cache and a few other things. I'd have to look them up so if anyone knows all that stuff please post for all of new guys.
I know where to find the setting, I just forgot what all ones to change to help the life of the drive.
AND NO, I was not up all night. I was resting for a back surgery...I missed out...Next day I checked it 50 times and had one in my cart for 53.99 because it was listed at 93.99, so I tried to add another and lost it...went back, ended up with one! It was past noon.