Install to SSD

I am having troubles installing to SSD and have been asking on usnet but getting nowhere, this is bits of the discussion so far,

I put the ssd on its own into a computer and the install disc put
windows files on it but when it tried to reboot to do the next stage of
install it would not, if I leave disc in it just starts again from
beginning, If I remove disc it just hangs and windows does not start.

When the BIOS POST screen appears on a cold boot, do you see the SSD
drive listed in the device list?

I just had another go,I made hdd first boot,it tried to boot after exit
from bios,gave one beep and reverted to the gigabyte startup screen.

I then started mint on a stick after making usbhdd first boot I made
cdrom second and hdd third .
I then opened the SSD which has recycle bib, windows, boot.ini,, ndldr, and pagefile.sys files on it.

I had another go, install disc loads windows then copies files to SSD then restarts,I removed install disc it then says loading operating system, it then tries cd then says,a disc read error occurred, press control alt to restart
I'm guessing I'm correct in assuming that your SSD is a SATA variant, yes?

These will not boot XP, for the simple reason that XP never came with SATA drivers (or so I believe). I have had XP booting fine from an SSD.....but it was an IDE/PATA model, running in a 2002/3 Dell Inspiron 1100 laptop. This format was the 'norm' when XP was in its heyday, so naturally Microsoft supported it.

Mike. ;)