I was up until 4am trying to resolve this - hoping someone on here may be able to point the way.
I cracked and bought a X25-M this week. Data on setup/procedure used:
* Used on a Dell M1710 with SATA-I (Crystal Mark stats for a SATA-I interface below if you are interested);
* FW upgraded to 02HD on a desktop, encountered the AHCI error that isn't an error;
* Old HDD duplicated with Acronis on a desktop (run a diskchk if you get errors - filesystem errors caused Acronis to baulk. Chkdsk gives clean bill now);
* The laptop runs XP;
* There is now one large C: on it. NTFS.
* At cloning it had other partitions. Have expanded C: to occupy all space. Label must have been rewritten in process.
So - there's definately a partition there and the (v1.1) toolbox is the only program that can't see it:
"No Partion: INTEL SSDSA2M160G2GC 160GB" in the Drive Select area and the Fast Diagnostic Scan says"This tool needs a partition".
That of course means the TRIM Optimiser won't work, which is what I want.
Any ideas as to how to make the Toolbox see the partition/have you had this issue?
Thanks in advance - will post confirmation of any fixes that work - Nick.
ps: Stats for a 5200RPM vs SATA-I usage of the drive. Only the big sequential reads suffer much from the lower spec interface:
My research so far leads me to believe that due to the lack of AHCI drivers on my system, the Toolbox/Optimizer fails to recognise the partition (this is stated as a requirement for the Toolbox, but I understood from a forum posting that IDE mode would be fine).
My guess is that Intel have limited the Toolbox to the AHCI API - great: my laptop has an AHCI capable chipset, however Dell BIOS limitations mean I cannot turn that mode on.
Looks like I made an error when I did not pick an opposition's make of SSD.
Hohum - Nick.