Help me think right about diagnosing my dead SSD laptop.
So I installed a Crucial C300 SSD and 64-bit Win 7 HP in a elderly but quite functional Dell D830.
All went well and I was loving la vida solid-state (albeit with the occassional BSD) when the 830 refuses to boot, but hangs at the Windows logo. Worse, it won't boot in Safe Mode. Still worse, I cannot get it to boot off the Win 7 retail install CD, no matter how I configure the bios (even deleting everything but the CD drive as a boot device!)
However, when I put a hard drive from another laptop in the 830, it boots XP just fine - and if I install the SSD in the other laptop, it hangs as the 830 did, so the guilty party seems pretty clear.
1) Do you agree the SSD is buggered and needs replacing (with a rotating drive, thank you very much) or is there something I haven't thought to try?
2) There's stuff on the SSD it'd be nice to retrieve. What's the most likely way to do that?
3) It's not important now, but I'm curious: why couldn't I get the 830 to boot from the install disk, as it did when I installed Win 7?