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on February 4, 2012
I am using this drive (SV200S3 SSDNow V200) on an HP/Compaq nx7400 notebook as a replacement for the original HDD.
The drive is really fast, performance is great, it's like having a better notebook! I did not run any benchmark tests, but Windows XP boots up and runs really fast, compared to an HDD.
Unfortunately, I'm having massive problems with the drive.
Every few hours, I get a blue screen (BSOD) under Windows XP. After the blue screen, the notebook reports "NO BOOT DISK" (or something like that) and
there is no drive displayed in the BIOS setup any more. Only after a power-cycle of the notebook (switch off, switch on), the drive is found again and Windows XP boots as usual.
The next crash will follow a few hours later.
A way to provoke the problem is to run CHKDSK at boot (by typing chkdisk /r c: in the command prompt and then rebooting) - CHKDSK will get stuck at about 40%,
then crash, and the drive is not found again as described.
This behaviour shows me that it is quite likely that the drive is to blame. Even if I had a problem with my Windows XP setup, a reboot should never make the drive disappear!
There is no firmware update available from Kingston. I am very disappointed by the lack of customer service. I'll try to get a return and switch to a different brand.