I have recently purchased a Cruciall M400 SSD for my Asus V551LB-DB71T laptop. I built a recovery drive using Asus backtracker on the original HDD installed on my laptop (the model # is: ST1000LM024). When I put the new SSD into the laptop and inserted a Windows 8 installer disk and booted from it, it was unable to see that there was a drive installed, and thus I could not install to the SSD. The Bios detects the SSD as being present in the computer.
I then put the recovery drive into the computer and loaded up the command prompt tools and ran diskpart to detect disks, it saw the disk and I was able to perform commands on it. I then went back in with the Windows 8 installer and tried using diskpart, it could not see it.
Next, I tried using the ubuntu installer to install, but once again, it could not detect the new SSD. I then went back to the old HDD with both the Windows 8 and Ubuntu installers, both could see the HDD. I then installed a different HDD into the laptop, and once again, both installers could see it. Finally, I put a seperate SSD into the laptop, and once again, the installers were unable to install to the other SSD as well.
I have tried messing around with many BIOS settings, but nothing seems to work. The SATA controller is on AHCI, Fast boot and secure boot are both disabled.
It seems like SSDs just don't seem to work in this laptop, my other computer doesn't have a problem with any of these HDDs or SSDs, so theres not a problem with the drives themselves. I've also ensured the firmware is up to date.
I've been working on this for quite a while and figured I'd ask here for help. Any ideas?