I am really sorry for the issue you are experiencing.
You may test the Intel® SSD in a different system if you have the chance.
As far as I could see this is an Intel® based system; perhaps loading the Intel® SATA controller (F6) drivers during operating system installation may help.
Otherwise you may contact your local Intel® support team for further assistance.
Thanks for the reply... and I'm sorry for the delayed reply.
I have tested the SSD in a spare desktop machine without "any" problems... installed W7... completed updates... watched videos, not one hiccup. I didn't even have to pre-load any drivers. The test system is a desktop first gen. i3 on an Asus 1156 socket motherboard, go figure, I am an Asus fan.
I do realize this is an ASUS or W8 issue. I will not purchase W8 to try a fresh install, it came with the laptop and I am reluctantly beginning to accept it, hence the cloning efforts.
I was hoping someone here has had an experience with these 2 devices(or similar) and could give me a little insight.
The machine the SSD was purchased for is a laptop i7, 8gb ram, touchscreen... the works, a fairly high grade system.
I am going to post onto ASUS forums re: my issue with the compatibility of these two devices since the tech support refuses to accept that they are not compatible.
Thanks for your time.