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Why can't I locate my new SSD drive on my Windows 8.1 laptop?

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I have a Medion S6415T laptop and a brand new Crucial BX100 500GB SSD drive. The SSD drive shows up in the BIOS, and the BIOS is set to AHCI mode. Yet when I use my Windows 8.1 installation disc, the… Read More
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2y, 2m agoPosted 2 years, 2 months ago
I have a Medion S6415T laptop and a brand new Crucial BX100 500GB SSD drive.
The SSD drive shows up in the BIOS, and the BIOS is set to AHCI mode. Yet when I use my Windows 8.1 installation disc, the drive doesn't show up on the screen where you choose where to install the OS.
Is there something I need to do in BIOS to allow Windows disc to see the drive?

Thank you :)
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2y, 2m agoPosted 2 years, 2 months ago
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I'd be keen to know how you get on, I’d be surprised if they were able to issue a new BIOS, on request but stranger things have happened…

If you Google for Lenovo Flex 2 SSD (which this laptop is basically a white-labelled version of) there are posts for the same issues as you are facing when using a Crucial or Intel SSD (MX100 in particular is an issue). Samsung SSDs seem to be recommended although there are reports of OCZ/Crucial M4 SSDs working.

A mate of mine bought one of these on my recommendation and he was thing about having my Crucial M550 off me but if a MX100 has issues, then there is also likely to be problems with the M550.

If a new Medion BIOS isn’t available work could you try the latest Lenovo Flex 2 BIOS update? No reference of the issue in the change log but it could be worth a try (if it will install at all.

Not sure about the dkl_uk approach but I’m not sure it is the solution to the problem

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#1
Have you changed the drive settings in the bios, so that the SSD is recognised as the primary hard drive? After that you set the computer to boot from disc, to load windows. Then when that is finished, go back into the bios and change the boot settings to boot from the SSD.
#2
While at the first screen of the Windows 8 setup, press shift + F10 to the command prompt.
Type "diskpart" and press enter.
Type "list disk" and press enter.
As you see the SSD in the BIOS you should also see it here. If yes, continue.
Type "select disk X" (X being the driver letter for the SSD as displayed in the disk list)
Type "clean" and press enter.
Now continue as you would do normally.



Edited By: rev6 on Apr 28, 2015 17:10
#3
Lucky815
Have you changed the drive settings in the bios, so that the SSD is recognised as the primary hard drive? After that you set the computer to boot from disc, to load windows. Then when that is finished, go back into the bios and change the boot settings to boot from the SSD.

That wouldn't make a difference. The Windows setup should list all accessible drives.
#4
rev6
While at the first screen of the Windows 8 setup, press shift + F10 to the command prompt.
Type "diskpart" and press enter.
Type "list disk" and press enter.
As you see the SSD in the BIOS you should also see it here. If yes, continue.
Type "select disk X" (X being the SSD as displayed in the disk list)
Type clean and press enter.

Thanks for this advice. When I type in 'list disk', it says 'there are no fixed disks to show'
I am in 'X:\windows\system32\cmd.exe - "diskpart"
#5
rev6
Lucky815
Have you changed the drive settings in the bios, so that the SSD is recognised as the primary hard drive? After that you set the computer to boot from disc, to load windows. Then when that is finished, go back into the bios and change the boot settings to boot from the SSD.
That wouldn't make a difference. The Windows setup should list all accessible drives.

To confirm, in the BIOS boot priority order page, the drive comes up as '2. ATA HDD: CT500BX100SSD1'
#6
wenttoabetterplace
rev6
While at the first screen of the Windows 8 setup, press shift + F10 to the command prompt.
Type "diskpart" and press enter.
Type "list disk" and press enter.
As you see the SSD in the BIOS you should also see it here. If yes, continue.
Type "select disk X" (X being the SSD as displayed in the disk list)
Type clean and press enter.
Thanks for this advice. When I type in 'list disk', it says 'there are no fixed disks to show'
I am in 'X:\windows\system32\cmd.exe - "diskpart"

Very strange. If the drive shows up in the BIOS it should show in "list disk".
#7
rev6
wenttoabetterplace
rev6
While at the first screen of the Windows 8 setup, press shift + F10 to the command prompt.
Type "diskpart" and press enter.
Type "list disk" and press enter.
As you see the SSD in the BIOS you should also see it here. If yes, continue.
Type "select disk X" (X being the SSD as displayed in the disk list)
Type clean and press enter.
Thanks for this advice. When I type in 'list disk', it says 'there are no fixed disks to show'
I am in 'X:\windows\system32\cmd.exe - "diskpart"
Very strange. If the drive shows up in the BIOS it should show in "list disk".

Yes, it does seem strange....and quite disappointing (first time doing an SSD upgrade!).
Do you know if there are drivers available that I can use to load this drive from within the Windows Setup screen? I presumed SSD's would just work...but it does offer up the option of installing the drivers separately.
#8
wenttoabetterplace
rev6
wenttoabetterplace
rev6
While at the first screen of the Windows 8 setup, press shift + F10 to the command prompt.
Type "diskpart" and press enter.
Type "list disk" and press enter.
As you see the SSD in the BIOS you should also see it here. If yes, continue.
Type "select disk X" (X being the SSD as displayed in the disk list)
Type clean and press enter.
Thanks for this advice. When I type in 'list disk', it says 'there are no fixed disks to show'
I am in 'X:\windows\system32\cmd.exe - "diskpart"
Very strange. If the drive shows up in the BIOS it should show in "list disk".
Yes, it does seem strange....and quite disappointing (first time doing an SSD upgrade!).
Do you know if there are drivers available that I can use to load this drive from within the Windows Setup screen? I presumed SSD's would just work...but it does offer up the option of installing the drivers separately.

It's just one of those things with laptops and tablets. I always seem to have issues at this part too.
Can you try the SSD on another device?
#9
rev6
wenttoabetterplace
rev6
wenttoabetterplace
rev6
While at the first screen of the Windows 8 setup, press shift + F10 to the command prompt.
Type "diskpart" and press enter.
Type "list disk" and press enter.
As you see the SSD in the BIOS you should also see it here. If yes, continue.
Type "select disk X" (X being the SSD as displayed in the disk list)
Type clean and press enter.
Thanks for this advice. When I type in 'list disk', it says 'there are no fixed disks to show'
I am in 'X:\windows\system32\cmd.exe - "diskpart"
Very strange. If the drive shows up in the BIOS it should show in "list disk".
Yes, it does seem strange....and quite disappointing (first time doing an SSD upgrade!).
Do you know if there are drivers available that I can use to load this drive from within the Windows Setup screen? I presumed SSD's would just work...but it does offer up the option of installing the drivers separately.
It's just one of those things with laptops and tablets. I always seem to have issues at this part too.
Can you try the SSD on another device?

Crucial live support have informed me of the errors of my ways :);

Before you can use your new SSD you have to initialize and partition it.


1.Attach the SSD as a secondary drive and load Windows from your existing drive.
2.In Windows 7 and earlier, open 'Disk Management' by right clicking on 'Computer' and selecting 'Manage', then 'Disk Management'. In Windows 8, move the mouse to the lower left corner of your desktop and right-click on the Start Icon, then select Disk Management.
3.When Disk Management opens, a pop-up should appear and prompt you to initialize the SSD.
4.Select MBR (Master Boot Record) and click OK
5.Right click in the area that says Unallocated and select New Simple Volume...
6.The New Simple Volume Wizard will open, click Next
7.Leave the Specify Volume Size as the maximum (default value) and click Next
8.Select a Drive Letter and click Next
9.In the Format Partition screen, decide on a Volume label (the name you want to give the drive) and click Next


The drive is now formatted and ready for use.


So I guess I'll be dismantling the laptop again !! (Live and learn, I guess)
#10
You shouldn't have to do that for the Windows setup to detect the drive.
#11
rev6
wenttoabetterplace
rev6
wenttoabetterplace
rev6
While at the first screen of the Windows 8 setup, press shift + F10 to the command prompt.
Type "diskpart" and press enter.
Type "list disk" and press enter.
As you see the SSD in the BIOS you should also see it here. If yes, continue.
Type "select disk X" (X being the SSD as displayed in the disk list)
Type clean and press enter.
Thanks for this advice. When I type in 'list disk', it says 'there are no fixed disks to show'
I am in 'X:\windows\system32\cmd.exe - "diskpart"
Very strange. If the drive shows up in the BIOS it should show in "list disk".
Yes, it does seem strange....and quite disappointing (first time doing an SSD upgrade!).
Do you know if there are drivers available that I can use to load this drive from within the Windows Setup screen? I presumed SSD's would just work...but it does offer up the option of installing the drivers separately.
It's just one of those things with laptops and tablets. I always seem to have issues at this part too.
Can you try the SSD on another device?

One other thought, do I need to extract the licence key from the previous hard drive - or will it be built into the BIOS?
#12
wenttoabetterplace
rev6
wenttoabetterplace
rev6
wenttoabetterplace
rev6
While at the first screen of the Windows 8 setup, press shift + F10 to the command prompt.
Type "diskpart" and press enter.
Type "list disk" and press enter.
As you see the SSD in the BIOS you should also see it here. If yes, continue.
Type "select disk X" (X being the SSD as displayed in the disk list)
Type clean and press enter.
Thanks for this advice. When I type in 'list disk', it says 'there are no fixed disks to show'
I am in 'X:\windows\system32\cmd.exe - "diskpart"
Very strange. If the drive shows up in the BIOS it should show in "list disk".
Yes, it does seem strange....and quite disappointing (first time doing an SSD upgrade!).
Do you know if there are drivers available that I can use to load this drive from within the Windows Setup screen? I presumed SSD's would just work...but it does offer up the option of installing the drivers separately.
It's just one of those things with laptops and tablets. I always seem to have issues at this part too.
Can you try the SSD on another device?
One other thought, do I need to extract the licence key from the previous hard drive - or will it be built into the BIOS?

I don't know the specifics for the laptop in question but any modern laptop has the license key embedded into the BIOS.
#13
I've had a few SSD's and never had to resort to initialising them in "disk management" until I bought a BX100 a couple of months ago..At least you got it sorted fairly quickly.. I had the luxury of installing it in a desktop so after a bit of brain strain I eventually ended up resorting to disk manager.
#14
Crusty
I've had a few SSD's and never had to resort to initialising them in "disk management" until I bought a BX100 a couple of months ago..At least you got it sorted fairly quickly.. I had the luxury of installing it in a desktop so after a bit of brain strain I eventually ended up resorting to disk manager.

Well, this one has so far failed to initialise. So I am now downloading a Crucial SSD tool (all 150MB on a slow village connection...grr!). Definitely not out of the woods yet with this problem child of an SSD drive :)

Since you have had a BX100 for a few months now, what is your opinion? Is it working well now that it is fully installed?

(Also, I was a little disappointed to see that Crucial's warranty isn't as good as OCZ. To get a quick replacement drive, I'll have to pay for a second drive, and only get a refund once Crucial receive my faulty drive back. OCZ on the other hand just do a straight swap - no questions asked, and no requirement to buy second drives etc).

Anyway, I am hoping this is just a momentary frustration in what will hopefully be a v.v.good upgrade!
#15
Aah.. I now see that "The drive is now formatted and ready for use" is from Crucial live support..oops.
I have the 250GB BX100 and no problems so far apart from the original glitch.. Use it for the games that I can't fit on my Sandisk Extreme pro SSD.Using a "synthetic" tester like CrystalDiskMark it actually tests faster reading than the Sandisk extreme.. 540MB/s (Sandisk 530MB/s) but slower writing at 370MB/s (Sandisk 500MB/s)..but still very impressive compared to a mechanical drive.Going to SSD is one of the best upgrades I've ever done.
Unless some bright spark comes along with a fix for you and getting it fixed in your laptop I'd be tempted to try and sort it in a desktop as a secondary drive.. Sounds like you are doing that anyway.

Edited By: Crusty on Apr 28, 2015 18:50
#16
Crusty
Aah.. I now see that "The drive is now formatted and ready for use" is from Crucial live support..oops.
I have the 250GB BX100 and no problems so far apart from the original glitch.. Use it for the games that I can't fit on my Sandisk Extreme pro SSD.Using a "synthetic" tester like CrystalDiskMark it actually tests faster reading than the Sandisk extreme.. 540MB/s (Sandisk 530MB/s) but slower writing at 370MB/s (Sandisk 500MB/s)..but still very impressive compared to a mechanical drive.Going to SSD is one of the best upgrades I've ever done.
Unless some bright spark comes along with a fix for you and getting it fixed in your laptop I'd be tempted to try and sort it in a desktop as a secondary drive.. Sounds like you are doing that anyway.

Very annoyingly, it doesn't seem to have been a fault with the SSD drive. I just tried installing the drive on an old laptop, and it works perfectly (and recognised first time).
SO, there is either a setting I'm not selecting on the BIOS on this Medion...OR they have locked down the BIOS to prevent the installation of SSD's.
If it is the latter, then I'll be seriously annoyed! Especially as there are variants within this particular model of laptop (with Core i5 processors) that do have SSD drives installed...

Oh, why do things have to be so difficult!
#17
wenttoabetterplace
Crusty
Aah.. I now see that "The drive is now formatted and ready for use" is from Crucial live support..oops.
I have the 250GB BX100 and no problems so far apart from the original glitch.. Use it for the games that I can't fit on my Sandisk Extreme pro SSD.Using a "synthetic" tester like CrystalDiskMark it actually tests faster reading than the Sandisk extreme.. 540MB/s (Sandisk 530MB/s) but slower writing at 370MB/s (Sandisk 500MB/s)..but still very impressive compared to a mechanical drive.Going to SSD is one of the best upgrades I've ever done.
Unless some bright spark comes along with a fix for you and getting it fixed in your laptop I'd be tempted to try and sort it in a desktop as a secondary drive.. Sounds like you are doing that anyway.
Very annoyingly, it doesn't seem to have been a fault with the SSD drive. I just tried installing the drive on an old laptop, and it works perfectly (and recognised first time).
SO, there is either a setting I'm not selecting on the BIOS on this Medion...OR they have locked down the BIOS to prevent the installation of SSD's.
If it is the latter, then I'll be seriously annoyed! Especially as there are variants within this particular model of laptop (with Core i5 processors) that do have SSD drives installed...
Oh, why do things have to be so difficult!

Can you install Windows on another machine?
#18
rev6
wenttoabetterplace
Crusty
Aah.. I now see that "The drive is now formatted and ready for use" is from Crucial live support..oops.
I have the 250GB BX100 and no problems so far apart from the original glitch.. Use it for the games that I can't fit on my Sandisk Extreme pro SSD.Using a "synthetic" tester like CrystalDiskMark it actually tests faster reading than the Sandisk extreme.. 540MB/s (Sandisk 530MB/s) but slower writing at 370MB/s (Sandisk 500MB/s)..but still very impressive compared to a mechanical drive.Going to SSD is one of the best upgrades I've ever done.
Unless some bright spark comes along with a fix for you and getting it fixed in your laptop I'd be tempted to try and sort it in a desktop as a secondary drive.. Sounds like you are doing that anyway.
Very annoyingly, it doesn't seem to have been a fault with the SSD drive. I just tried installing the drive on an old laptop, and it works perfectly (and recognised first time).
SO, there is either a setting I'm not selecting on the BIOS on this Medion...OR they have locked down the BIOS to prevent the installation of SSD's.
If it is the latter, then I'll be seriously annoyed! Especially as there are variants within this particular model of laptop (with Core i5 processors) that do have SSD drives installed...
Oh, why do things have to be so difficult!
Can you install Windows on another machine?

Yes, I used the Medion installation disc and a licence key pulled from my Windows 8.1 tablet to begin the installation process on our old Toshiba laptop. The SSD showed up without issue - whereas on the Medion, it only shows up in BIOS, and not in the Windows installation process.

It's so frustrating. There is literally nothing I'd change about the laptop - aside from the hard drive! (It's taken a fair while to find this laptop...which is destined to be used with my mum's charity --- so the thought of having to send it back is rather disappointing!)

Just scouring the web to try and find BIOS updates. Failing that, I'm not sure what else I can do :(
#19
Wow... talk about making you jump through hoops.. Clutching at straws here a little.. but if you have at least partially installed Win8 on another laptop it will be partitioned/initialised and "might" be seen on your new one..We have some tablets at work which refuse to be imaged from the network with "fresh" drives but work if partitioned manually..worth a try.
#20
Crusty
Wow... talk about making you jump through hoops.. Clutching at straws here a little.. but if you have at least partially installed Win8 on another laptop it will be partitioned/initialised and "might" be seen on your new one..We have some tablets at work which refuse to be imaged from the network with "fresh" drives but work if partitioned manually..worth a try.

That's I was trying to suggest :)
Install it on the SSD then move the SSD to the laptop.
#21
rev6
Crusty
Wow... talk about making you jump through hoops.. Clutching at straws here a little.. but if you have at least partially installed Win8 on another laptop it will be partitioned/initialised and "might" be seen on your new one..We have some tablets at work which refuse to be imaged from the network with "fresh" drives but work if partitioned manually..worth a try.
That's I was trying to suggest :)
Install it on the SSD then move the SSD to the laptop.

Yup.. either a part install just to get the disk partitioned or even a full install on the "old" laptop then transfer it over.. Win8 seems,normally bar this glitch, to be pretty clever.. just for a laugh I tried an upgrade from an AMD 970 system to an i5 Z87.. kept the original untouched SSD and Win8 just did it's thing and everything works perfectly..(apart from having to re-activate with Microsoft) was going to do a fresh build but it just works !

Edited By: Crusty on Apr 28, 2015 21:26
#22
Crusty
rev6
Crusty
Wow... talk about making you jump through hoops.. Clutching at straws here a little.. but if you have at least partially installed Win8 on another laptop it will be partitioned/initialised and "might" be seen on your new one..We have some tablets at work which refuse to be imaged from the network with "fresh" drives but work if partitioned manually..worth a try.
That's I was trying to suggest :)
Install it on the SSD then move the SSD to the laptop.
Yup.. either a part install just to get the disk partitioned or even a full install on the "old" laptop then transfer it over.. Win8 seems,normally bar this glitch, to be pretty clever.. just for a laugh I tried an upgrade from an AMD 970 system to an i5 Z87.. kept the original untouched SSD and Win8 just did it's thing and everything works perfectly..(apart from having to re-activate with Microsoft) was going to do a fresh build but it just works !

Well, this must be the most pointlessly infuriating BIOS I've ever come across!

When I have UEFI enabled, the drive is listed in the BIOS, but it will not load into Windows 8 (the Windows 8 troubleshooter can't even see the drive. The only drive that comes up is the DVD drive!)

Now When I disable UEFI secure boot, the laptop starts loading Windows 8 - then gives up with a blue screen. When I boot back into the BIOS, the drive has disappeared again!

So the laptop does see the SSD drive - but it just will not load it...no matter whether I disable UEFI/AHCI etc. Hmm.

I will speak to Medion tomorrow. If they can't provide a resolution, then I fear I may just have to send it back :(. & the Crucial drive too!

Oh, what a grand old waste of time. & now back to square one!
#23
make sure you have got the setup to boot both uefi and legacy and then your drive will show up
#24
Bimbojimuk
make sure you have got the setup to boot both uefi and legacy and then your drive will show up

I'm not sure I understand what you mean.

Boot Mode has two options; UEFI or Legacy Support

How do I enable UEFI and legacy at the same time? Or should I be looking for another setting somewhere else to change?
#25
Good luck with it.
#26
In BIOS go to boot configuration ...... next launch CSM (compatability support module) and from there look for Boot device Control and there should be choices to boot up from both UEFI and Legacy. Often you can boot up from legacy and then once thats up and working oki you can enable UEFI and it will boot up that way
#27
Bimbojimuk
In BIOS go to boot configuration ...... next launch CSM (compatability support module) and from there look for Boot device Control and there should be choices to boot up from both UEFI and Legacy. Often you can boot up from legacy and then once thats up and working oki you can enable UEFI and it will boot up that way

There unfortunately isn't a CSM module. I think it is rather telling that I can install any SATA mechanical drive, and it is recognised without issue in setup. But as soon as I stick in an SSD, it is not recognised at all.

I guess the last thing to do is see if a smaller SSD drive works. But I don't have one to hand, and would be surprised if it did anything anyway!

All in all, a big waste of time! I am now considering sending the laptop back....or I may invest in a SSHD which should at least offer some performance gains.

How very annoying (and not what I expect of a company owned by Lenovo!)
#28
Your issue is trying to install a device that at this point, must be done through RAID. You will need to jump through fiery, hate-filled hoops to get this to work.

Make sure your BIOS is using the AHCI method so you can get into Windows 8. You won't be able to see the new SSD yet, but here's where the magic happens.

Open REGEDIT.

Find the following REG keys and change all of them to 0.
HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\System\CurrentControlSet\Services\msahci HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\System\CurrentControlSet\Services\iaStorV HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\System\CurrentControlSet\Services\iaStor

If one or two don't exist, it doesn't matter. Just change the ones that do exist.

Assuming you've initialised the disk properly in the "Manage" portion (accessible by right-clicking your computer in Windows Explorer) you can now reboot, enter the BIOS, enable RAID, and just let the laptop reboot into the glorious world of extra storage. If your RAID setup screen asks you to setup a RAID array, just do whatever you need to do to ignore the RAID options and continue without setting up anything in RAID. You literally just want RAID to be active but not actually use it.
#29
dkl_uk
Your issue is trying to install a device that at this point, must be done through RAID. You will need to jump through fiery, hate-filled hoops to get this to work.
Make sure your BIOS is using the AHCI method so you can get into Windows 8. You won't be able to see the new SSD yet, but here's where the magic happens.
Open REGEDIT.
Find the following REG keys and change all of them to 0.
HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\System\CurrentControlSet\Services\msahci HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\System\CurrentControlSet\Services\iaStorV HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\System\CurrentControlSet\Services\iaStor
If one or two don't exist, it doesn't matter. Just change the ones that do exist.
Assuming you've initialised the disk properly in the "Manage" portion (accessible by right-clicking your computer in Windows Explorer) you can now reboot, enter the BIOS, enable RAID, and just let the laptop reboot into the glorious world of extra storage. If your RAID setup screen asks you to setup a RAID array, just do whatever you need to do to ignore the RAID options and continue without setting up anything in RAID. You literally just want RAID to be active but not actually use it.

I think I'll hang fire before I go for the nuclear option you've proposed :).

I just spoke with Medion tech support in Germany. They apparently have never had a customer upgrade the hard drive on this particular laptop...but they do not believe there should be an issue with upgrading to an SSD. Although they don't expect people to upgrade this laptop, they are nevertheless looking into the issue and will be providing a workaround or an updated bios file within 48 hours (or so they say!).

I REALLY hope they come good on their intentions. It's a cracking laptop - 15.6" 1080p IPS touchscreen/v.good mouse and keyboard - and all for £199! I would be gutted to have to send it back!

Edited By: wenttoabetterplace on Apr 29, 2015 13:10
#30
Seriously - my laptop spec is the XMG P370EM, it's bomb-proof, yet I still had the same issue as you, although with a mSATA drive as I've already got two SSDs working perfectly. The only way I could get the mSATA to be visible was to enable RAID (of course my active OS was expecting AHCI, hence the REG fixes) and the issue was resolved.

Couple my advice with the 'initialize' stuff above and you will have a working drive in no time.
#31
I'd be keen to know how you get on, I’d be surprised if they were able to issue a new BIOS, on request but stranger things have happened…

If you Google for Lenovo Flex 2 SSD (which this laptop is basically a white-labelled version of) there are posts for the same issues as you are facing when using a Crucial or Intel SSD (MX100 in particular is an issue). Samsung SSDs seem to be recommended although there are reports of OCZ/Crucial M4 SSDs working.

A mate of mine bought one of these on my recommendation and he was thing about having my Crucial M550 off me but if a MX100 has issues, then there is also likely to be problems with the M550.

If a new Medion BIOS isn’t available work could you try the latest Lenovo Flex 2 BIOS update? No reference of the issue in the change log but it could be worth a try (if it will install at all.

Not sure about the dkl_uk approach but I’m not sure it is the solution to the problem
#32
Android_fan_boi
I'd be keen to know how you get on, I’d be surprised if they were able to issue a new BIOS, on request but stranger things have happened…
If you Google for Lenovo Flex 2 SSD (which this laptop is basically a white-labelled version of) there are posts for the same issues as you are facing when using a Crucial or Intel SSD (MX100 in particular is an issue). Samsung SSDs seem to be recommended although there are reports of OCZ/Crucial M4 SSDs working.
A mate of mine bought one of these on my recommendation and he was thing about having my Crucial M550 off me but if a MX100 has issues, then there is also likely to be problems with the M550.
If a new Medion BIOS isn’t available work could you try the latest Lenovo Flex 2 BIOS update? No reference of the issue in the change log but it could be worth a try (if it will install at all.
Not sure about the dkl_uk approach but I’m not sure it is the solution to the problem

Samsung SSD's are the ones I am trying to avoid - so that's frustrating !! However, that is at least some positive news as I was thinking that SSD's would be entirely out of the question!

I have found this firmware update page for Lenovo Flex 15.6" Haswell laptops. There is at least one mention of the 3558u processor on the firmware readme file. & of course, this Medion has a Lenovo keyboard and a Lenovo power adapter - and looks virtually identical! However, I am super hesitant to try and flash a firmware for a different computer!!
http://support.lenovo.com/gb/en/products/laptops-and-netbooks/flex-series/flex-2-15-notebook-lenovo?tabName=Downloads

I'm tempted to just order some low capacity SSD's from Amazon from OCZ and Samsung - and at least see if they work. I just wonder whether that kind of thing will go down badly with Amazon.

Hmm - I can't believe it is so challenging to get a SATA SSD drive installed in a SATA drive bay on a Windows 8.1 laptop. V.frustrating!!
#33
My Samsung SSD was plug and play with a new system. That was 2 years ago.
#34
That's the firmware... It's more likely to not install rather than install and cause problems. It's a good opportunity to try it now, while you've got the chance to return the laptop. Hardware wise, they are the same laptop but there could be small differences in the firmware/cosmetic details.

Like you say, could be worth trying a few cheaper drives until one works. Post to let us know how you get on.

Any reason you are trying to avoid Samsung SSDs? The 850 is one, if not the best all round drives, not that much more expensive too.
#35
Android_fan_boi
That's the firmware... It's more likely to not install rather than install and cause problems. It's a good opportunity to try it now, while you've got the chance to return the laptop. Hardware wise, they are the same laptop but there could be small differences in the firmware/cosmetic details.
Like you say, could be worth trying a few cheaper drives until one works. Post to let us know how you get on.
Any reason you are trying to avoid Samsung SSDs? The 850 is one, if not the best all round drives, not that much more expensive too.

I think it's the 840 range which has the slow down issue that Samsung still haven't fixed. The 850 is priced too high in all honesty (this laptop is for a charity....so £199 + £130 for the SSD is as high as I'd wish to take things).

The other alternative is to get a cheap SSD and then just use a drive caddy to fit a large hard drive in the disc drive bay.

I'll certainly keep you updated though :). I hope there is a solution...otherwise this will have just been a waste of time!

Edited By: wenttoabetterplace on Apr 29, 2015 14:30
#36
wenttoabetterplace
Android_fan_boi
That's the firmware... It's more likely to not install rather than install and cause problems. It's a good opportunity to try it now, while you've got the chance to return the laptop. Hardware wise, they are the same laptop but there could be small differences in the firmware/cosmetic details.
Like you say, could be worth trying a few cheaper drives until one works. Post to let us know how you get on.
Any reason you are trying to avoid Samsung SSDs? The 850 is one, if not the best all round drives, not that much more expensive too.
I think it's the 840 range which has the slow down issue that Samsung still haven't fixed. The 850 is priced too high in all honesty (this laptop is for a charity....so £199 + £130 for the SSD is as high as I'd wish to take things).
The other alternative is to get a cheap SSD and then just use a drive caddy to fit a large hard drive in the disc drive bay.

Wasn't that just the EVO?
#37
rev6
My Samsung SSD was plug and play with a new system. That was 2 years ago.

Yes, this Crucial drive was plug and play on our old Fujitsu laptop too...
It seems that Medion (/Lenovo) have ongoing issues with getting SSD's to work with their laptops.
#38
Wouldn't buy an 840, many 850s are now cheaper anyway.

Personally, I would not purchase a large SSD due to price, so the small amount extra for a Sammy 850 isn't too bad for me. The 500gb BX100 is a bargain for the size/performance though but it doesn't quite have the speed, features and in this (exceptional) case the compatibility.

I've yet to find a PC where I've had an issue installing an SSD but tend to find that there are niggly issues that you have to get around when upgrading alot of tech I buy to suit my needs.
#39
Android_fan_boi
Wouldn't buy an 840, many 850s are now cheaper anyway.
Personally, I would not purchase a large SSD due to price, so the small amount extra for a Sammy 850 isn't too bad for me. The 500gb BX100 is a bargain for the size/performance though but it doesn't quite have the speed, features and in this (exceptional) case the compatibility.
I've yet to find a PC where I've had an issue installing an SSD but tend to find that there are niggly issues that you have to get around when upgrading alot of tech I buy to suit my needs.

So, something like this would be what you'd recommend? & it won't have any of those drive slow down issues that seem to be a big issue on other Samsung SSD models?
#40
wenttoabetterplace
Android_fan_boi
Wouldn't buy an 840, many 850s are now cheaper anyway.
Personally, I would not purchase a large SSD due to price, so the small amount extra for a Sammy 850 isn't too bad for me. The 500gb BX100 is a bargain for the size/performance though but it doesn't quite have the speed, features and in this (exceptional) case the compatibility.
I've yet to find a PC where I've had an issue installing an SSD but tend to find that there are niggly issues that you have to get around when upgrading alot of tech I buy to suit my needs.
So, something like this would be what you'd recommend? & it won't have any of those drive slow down issues that seem to be a big issue on other Samsung SSD models?

That is a great SSD. The slow down was with the 840 EVO.

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