I am currently configuring a Thinkpad E540, having inserted a 256 GB M.2 SSD into the corresponding slot, in order to run Windows 8 from the SSD instead of using the preconfigured 16 GB SSD as a cache for the hard drive.
All was well at first, but now any attempt to install software will result in the error message
Windows API error 302: This volume is too fragmented to complete this operation.
Needless to say, on an SSD fragmentation shouldn't be an issue. I tried running the drive optimization tool of Windows 8 (which defragments HDDs, and sends TRIM commands to SSDs) but it helped only briefly (so briefly actually, that it might have been mere coincidence that there was any effect at all).
Any idea what might be causing this?
*edit* Some new insights that I have gained since:
- Rebooting temporarily removed the issue. Running the optimizer tool is not required.
- It reappears after some time.
- Note that the drive has 140 GB of which only 60 GB have been used. Trim shouldn't be an issue yet!
- On the other drive E:, also on the SSD, I have not seen the issue yet.
- Moving data to the C: drive works fine under Linux.
echo test > testmay fail on C: (in the home directory)
- Even reading the event log may fail at that point.