try running the SATA in AHCI mode instead of IDE mode if your laptop will let you do that.
This is a very good piece of advice. Although, the few SSD's I've worked with, including my own OCZ Vertex Turbo, allow you to boot and install in IDE mode, yours may not. So I would try that first.
Secondly, to get the alignment set correctly on the SSD, you want to have a naked drive, IE, one with no MBR, no partition tables. You simply put the Win7 OS disk into your computer and boot from the disk. Then, without setting up any partition tables or anything, just hit Enter to set up Windows on that disk. You can try partitioning the disk after the Windows install, but I'm finding that SSD's and Windows often choke when installed on manufactured computers if you try to set partitions. I'm not sure why either because really, if you get it showing in BIOS under SATA-ACHI devices, it shouldn't care beyond that.
As mentioned, you may need to get the disk utilities from Patriot to reset the SSD. Also, make SURE you update any drive firmware before you install the OS. Most Firmware updates kill the data tables and you REALLY want to use the latest firmware for an SSD right now.
And you're probably already doing this, but make sure the computer is plugged in while installing the OS.