Epic SSD Fail!

I am so sad! I bought a brand new Intel 330 SSD to install into my computer, to keep it alive for a little bit longer, but no avail!

I upgraded my system to Mountain Lion. I downloaded and installed the brand new Microsoft Office 2011. I transfered all of my files over–but then. Hard stop. Pinwheel. Every two or three minutes; or whenever the computer needed to read and write again, it just *stops*. I am distraught! I don’t know what to do.

I had my friend’s lovely husband try to fix it. He put in the TRIM updater. He tried to put in the firmware update, but no avail on that either. The SSD isn’t being recognized by the firmware update disk. I’m so not savvy enough to fix this problem, so I wrote a “HELP” email to the Intel customer service, hoping they might say “Oh, this is a common problem. It is easily solved by us sending you a brand new one that doesn’t have the problem.” But it’s Saturday so I doubt they’ll be able to fix it soon. Certainly not soon enough for classes to start.

On the other hand, I did put in new memory that is working well. My computer–even booted off the old hard drive, externally–is running faster and happier. Part of me just wants to throw my hands up in the air and buy a desktop. That seems a bit drastic, I know, but I had been wanting to do that for a while. Right now the iMacs aren’t as good as the macbook pros, which is a big disappointment, considering.

So what am I doing now? I’m trying to get my Mountain Lion installer onto the old drive, to update the OS, and have the old hard drive run all the new software and updates that I purchased. Then I will either find a way to repair the SSD, or I will have to sell it and continue on with the old hard drive. I am so terribly disappointed. 🙁 From what I can tell, there is no logical reason for the failure. Just… “sometimes it doesn’t work.” I’m not tech savvy enough (or maybe the right phrase is “patient enough”) to read through the forums and try to figure out what to do. I don’t understand a lot of it. But My Lovely Friend’s Husband did most of that for me and it seems to be just a maybe or maybe not situation. Sigh.

Anyway I’m backing up now, going to try and re-download the Mountain Lion installer, transfer it to the other drive, and run it on this one. God only knows if that won’t kill it. (Since I’ll be updating direct from 10.5.8 to 10.8.2, something that you’re not really supposed to do, but I think it’s a clean install of 10.8, so I don’t think it’ll be an issue. But Lord knows.)


Oh, also: My toe doesn’t point in the right direction anymore.

(But I’m walking and back on my bike.)

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