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I've decided to try a different flavor of Linux altogether. I've already downloaded Arch and tried to install it. It apparently doesn't recognize the SSD.
At the prompt I choose to boot Arch Linux.
ERROR: boot device didn't show up after 30 seconds
Falling back to interactive prompt
You can try to fix the problem manually, log out when you are finished
sh: can't access tty; job control turned off
Then I get the following prompt: [ramfs /]#
Is there an ISO that will see the SSD out of the box?
You're welcome. Just some sidenotes, I used Arch for some time and I strongly recommend to read the Beginners Guide to get your first steps right. Also, the ArchWiki is a great source of knowledge about Arch, so if you have a problem you most likely will find an answer there.
That is even true if you don't use Arch, much of their information is generic and applies to any distro. I still use it to find information when I need to, although I run Slackware nowadays.