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    SSD in G74SX

    Over the years I've had this heavily used machine, I have replaced the drives with spinning magnetic disks

    I got a Western Digital 500GB SSD with my fingers crossed.
    The OS (C: ) drive was transferred via Clonezilla.
    It boots up well, and everything works OK for a while.
    Then things like taskbar applications stop working ("bad instruction").
    Then the video adapter goes blacks out, goes into low res mode.
    Then the screen quickly goes to black. Not even a cursor is seen.
    Ctrl-Alt-Del and Ctrl-Shift-Esc do nothing.
    There has only been one or two BSODs

    chkdsk c: /f /r and 'sfc /scannow' were done.
    Haven't had time yet to run memtest...not sure if it would help

    My G74SX has no hardware changes/upgrades/modifications

    BIOS setting needs to be changed? Suggestions?

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    So when you restore your original OS drive, all problems disappear?

    I assume the WD SSD you bought is a SATA SSD?

    I recommend you use Macrium Reflect Free Edition to clone your OS drive.
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    Quote Originally Posted by mavigozler View Post
    Over the years I've had this heavily used machine, I have replaced the drives with spinning magnetic disks

    I got a Western Digital 500GB SSD with my fingers crossed.
    The OS (C: ) drive was transferred via Clonezilla.
    It boots up well, and everything works OK for a while.
    Then things like taskbar applications stop working ("bad instruction").
    Then the video adapter goes blacks out, goes into low res mode.
    Then the screen quickly goes to black. Not even a cursor is seen.
    Ctrl-Alt-Del and Ctrl-Shift-Esc do nothing.
    There has only been one or two BSODs

    chkdsk c: /f /r and 'sfc /scannow' were done.
    Haven't had time yet to run memtest...not sure if it would help

    My G74SX has no hardware changes/upgrades/modifications

    BIOS setting needs to be changed? Suggestions?
    Yes changing your SATA Hard drive for a SATA SSD should be no problem they both work through the SATA Controller it doesn't know the difference. If you having issue with Clonezilla I would give Macrium Reflect a shot Its never failed me since 2012 when i found it.
    The issues your taking about soundl more like OS and Hardware drivers issues or failures
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    [Thanks to those who replied!

    The SSD C: partition appears to be stable now

    Here's what I did:

    1. Cloned it again with Macrium Reflect (free version) as suggested
    There were still a problem though, although I also intended to do driver updates of everything

    2. First driver update was the video adapter, which had caused no problems for more than 5 years
    a) I did the update using Windows update tool, and sure enough, it found an updated version
    b) Then I went to the NVIDIA site directly and did the update of the GeForce 560M

    3. Next driver update was going to Intel site to do chipset and wifi adapter drivers: everything already current

    4. Windows 10 already knows how to optimize everything else for an SSD: disable Superfetch service, disable hibernate. The only thing it does not set is the power plan, which I changed from "Balanced" to "High Performance" and to disable indexing of the files, which I did.


    At this point we are stable and I think the problem is resolved

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