More problems with OCZ Vertex Plus SSD

So I‘ve had my OCZ Vertex Plus since August 2011 and since then, I’m unable to install an operating system on it. I’ve been able to use it as a storage drive but that’s it.

I have tried this SSD on a total of 4 different PC.

  1. ASUS P8Z68V-Pro with Intel i7 2600K
  2. Gigabyte Z68MA-D2H-B3 with Intel i5 2500K
  3. Compaq Mini 110
  4. MSI E350IS-E45

I did the following…

  • The bios recognizes the SSD and the correct SATA port.
  • Using AHCI mode
  • Tried different SATA ports
  • I’m running the latest firmware and bios versions.

I get as far as selecting the hard drive to install Windows on and it doesn’t see anything. I don’t have any other drives connected except the SSD drive. I tried to use an internal and external (USB) DVD drive. I’ve tried to use a USB thumb drive to install Windows. I’ve tried different discs of the same version of Windows. I’ve tried different versions of Windows 7. I’ve tried install Ubuntu. The same problem occurs, I get an error that it doesn’t detect the hard drive as soon as I’m ready to install the OS. I have moved on with other hard drives with the first 3 PC on my list above. And all installed correctly and functioning.

I finally sent a RMA request to OCZ and after a couple of days of communicating with support via email, it looks like they are granting me my RMA. Here are some pics I took from my latest attempt. It’s so odd.

As you can see from the above image, the bios recognizes the SSD.

SATA Mode is set to AHCI.

During the Windows 7 installation, it doesn’t detect the SSD drive.

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