I assume you are using a USB-to-SATA adapter? These are not always reliable.
Would you have the ability to connect the drive via SATA instead?
Yes, I used the adapter and yes, I can open up the tower and do it through SATA, which I will do tonight. Kind of an unnerving introduction to SSD though, since rotating drives hook up via USB, firewire, or SATA without an issue.
Final Note: I connected the SSD to the internal SATA bus and it behaves normally (so far, knock on wood!).