slatehmb: re: Sandisk USB flash drive do you see 2 new drives in explorer? One a CD drive and the other a removable disk, if so that is probably the trouble. Some USB flash makers put on various software and make it a CD partition which they hide. Lot of talk on net about this, even on USB hard drives now. Most have software to remove this junk on their web sites. Have a Sandisk USB flash in my hand right now that gave me the same problem. re: your SSD, are you sure you marked the boot partition active.