Why can't I install Linux on this SSD

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http://unix.stackexchange.com – I have tried installing several different distros onto my Vertex2 SSD. Whenever I try the disk does not show up as an installation option (it is not present in the drop down box). My most recent attempt to install Mint is also failing. The device shows up fine at the live CD's terminal (at /dev/sdb) and shows up fine in the distribution installed on my regular HDD: A few months back I had Windowss Server 2008 installed on it, and booting fine. What could the problem be? (HowTos)