It seems I have a dead 1.8" X-18 80GB ssd in my laptop. As the i.8" power interface is different, I can't connect it to my desktop to diag. I've tried a few utilities from Hirens BootCD, but no help.
The drive fails the HP BIOS hard drive test right away, and when I try installing windows, the setup recognizes the drive, and as soon as I start the install it says it is unable to partition the drive and gives me a Windows error code.
if you are new to linux, you might not know the drive nomenclature, i.e. which device is your ssd. for a graphical way of checking, there is a utility called GParted included on ubuntu. It's purpose is different, but it will tell you what your drive is called for use in the steps above.
secondly, i found a lot of laptops bios security lock drives. so once booted, you verify that it is not reported as frozen. if it is, will need to follow the Step 1a resolution dot point 2: put the laptop to sleep then wake it up. then run the check to see it is reported as not frozen.
Hope this helps! Done it a good couple of hundred times from laptops without issue.