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    I too tried multiple times to use Backtracker with my Samsung EVO 250GB SSD. After successfully restoring to a 500GB drive I had laying around from the same USB, I have a theory that the 250GB drive is too small for the restore to work. If you look at the EVO after failure, there are three partitions on the SSD. I believe the recovery partition is too small to contain the restoration data from the USB. Again this is just a theory. I gave up and installed Windows 8 fresh from a USB stick. The Windows 8 key is stored in the bios and activation was automatic.

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    It seems like Asus force us to buy 1800$ with SSD version. And lock this for ssd upgrades.

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    But i know of at least one person on these forums who has gotten the 840 evo to work. I think it was the 250gb. But i also do think there is something to what you say. There is some issue with the SSD. I have messed around with reformatting the 840 EVO in different ways and may continue messing with this. I've only used windows disc management so I still have to try deleting the partitions on the 840 EVO and see if that helps.

    Note: I used diskpart to delete the recovery partition on my 840 EVO SSD so now I have one big partition and then the 100mb partition. Still not loading onto disc. I will try some other options.
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    I have submitted a ticket to ASUS stating this: I have a new G751JT-CH71 that has been running well. after a few days of use, I decided I wanted to install an SSD. I bought a Samsung 840 EVO 250gb. I downloaded the newest version of Asus Backtracker on to a USB thumb drive and restored my HDD to factory default successfully. I then removed my HDD and installed the SSD into the same bay. I powered up with the SSD and the USB plugged in. Backtracker started up and then gave me an error of failed to read the USB storage device. System recovery failed. I have tried three different USB thumb drives with two of them being brand new 3.0 USB. All of these have worked perfectly to restore the HDD to factory default but they will not work on the SSD i bought. I have reformated the SSD drive several times and in several different ways to no avail. I have used the thumb drives in all 4 usb ports on the computer with no success. I have also used two older versions of Backtracker. I know the SSD drive works fine and is read by the computer because I cloned the HDD to the SSD and the SSD ran the computer fine. However, it still would not work with the USB factory default. I would like to be able to get the SSD to work with Backtracker so I don't have to buy another HDD drive.

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    Guys, there may be something to the size of the SSD involved. Your HDD was a 1TB that was used to create the Asus Backtracker flash recovery drive. Others have restored to a 1TB Evo drive successfully. You might try taking back the 256GB and pop for the 1TB, only another $150?

    If you cloned from the 1TB to the 256GB you needed human intervention to resize the partitions from the 1TB to the 256GB, maybe the restore program can't quite handle that.

    Although I have restored to my G750JH 2 x 128Gb RAID0 which is 256GB, it was also the source for the creation of my Asus Backtracker recovery flash drive, so that makes a kind of size to size sense too.

    256GB SSD is small for a boot/C drive, I am constantly pushing installs to my Samsung 512GB 2nd bay drive. More space is better, especially with all those holiday Steam sales.

    Update: Now that I think back. I created a Asus Backtracker recovery flash drive from my G750JX 1TB HDD and restored to my Samsung 840 Pro 512GB, so a 512GB might work for you too.

    Although the Samsung 850 Pro is now out, the 840 Pro is still fast, and now the 512GB model is only $289!! That's only a little more than 1/2 what I paid, and less than the 850 Pro 512GB costs, here are links to both.

    SAMSUNG 840 Pro Series MZ-7PD512BW 2.5" 512GB SATA III MLC Internal Solid State Drive (SSD)
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16820147194

    SAMSUNG 850 Pro Series MZ-7KE512BW 2.5" 512GB SATA III 3-D Vertical Internal Solid State Drive (SSD)
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16820147194

    The nice thing about the Samsung 850 Pro is the longer warranty 10yr vs 5yr, and you can get it in the 1TB size. And, don't forget the new buzz-worthy 3D V-NAND technology.

    The Evo isn't as fast in raw performance as the 840/850 Pro's, and the warranty is only 3yr, that's why it costs less, but it is still fast enough.

    SAMSUNG 840 EVO MZ-7TE500BW 2.5" 500GB SATA III TLC Internal Solid State Drive (SSD)
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16820147249

    Please come back and let us know what works for you.

    Update: it looks like it is likely still incompatible USB flash drives causing the problem, and not the size of the restored SSD, see post below. If you only need a 256GB SSD, then it has worked for restore, for example this guy did it, he says he has a 250GB SSD in his first post:

    http://rog.asus.com/forum/showthread...l=1#post454979
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    Quote Originally Posted by Weagle View Post
    I too tried multiple times to use Backtracker with my Samsung EVO 250GB SSD. After successfully restoring to a 500GB drive I had laying around from the same USB, I have a theory that the 250GB drive is too small for the restore to work. If you look at the EVO after failure, there are three partitions on the SSD. I believe the recovery partition is too small to contain the restoration data from the USB. Again this is just a theory. I gave up and installed Windows 8 fresh from a USB stick. The Windows 8 key is stored in the bios and activation was automatic.
    I have the 1TB evo in my G750JM and I used the samsung migration tool to clone the original HDD to the Samsung SSD when I first got it back in June. Haven't had a single issue but I have a backtracker backup to a flash drive but never tried it.

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    Hi.
    No news for this problem?

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    I haven't got a response from ASUS yet. I returned the SSD to Best Buy because of what I am reading about it not being big enough. Remember, I had a 250gb Samsung EVO 840. I am going to find a bigger SSD and go from there.

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    I just received me g751jt and Samsung evo 840 500gb today and attempted to use backtracker to swap out the hdd with the sdd. I had the same problem as you. I had read this post and others like it and hoped that maybe it would work with the 500gb but alas it did not. I am now downloading the trial version of macrium and will go ahead and clone :/

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    Quote Originally Posted by yizzle View Post
    I just received me g751jt and Samsung evo 840 500gb today and attempted to use backtracker to swap out the hdd with the sdd. I had the same problem as you. I had read this post and others like it and hoped that maybe it would work with the 500gb but alas it did not. I am now downloading the trial version of macrium and will go ahead and clone :/
    yizzle, in the past it has always been an incompatible USB Flash drive that caused the errors they are seeing, but since a couple of guys tried a few different flash drives and all failed, and all had smaller SSD's than were used before on successful restores, it was just a thought as to another possible cause.

    It is likely still incompatible USB flash drives causing the problem.

    Here is a person that did a successful Backtracker restore to a 250GB SSD:

    http://rog.asus.com/forum/showthread...l=1#post454979

    I asked him to post what Make/model of flash drive / SSD he used. I have asked this a number of times, but usually don't get an answer - they have their problem solved and they are off enjoying their new laptop, but check there for update if he does respond.

    What USB Flash drive make/model did you try that didn't work?

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