If your bsod problem is anything like mine, it probably isn't caused by your ssd, since I tested it on the factory installed hdd and after market ssd and both had the same bsod 0x00000124 "Probably caused by: Processor core" problem, unless both the factory hdd and my new intel 520 ssd are defective. I did lots of tests and the problem could be caused by an intel driver in conjunction with an unstable CPU or faulty motherboard. But your case could be different then mine. I would still ask for a motherboard and CPU replacement, not just a new ssd. You can clean install windows and possibly activate with the serial at the bottom of the laptop, use "Hearst's Guide to Clean Installing Windows 7 on the ThinkPad". Hope everything is solved for you soon!