I had an "Intel SSD 320 Series 160GB' hard disk in my Lenovo T520 laptop and on a re-boot my PC didn't - the hard disk had apparently crashed. I tried to re-install Mint but the installer said that there was no hard disk. Gparted could not locate the disk either.
I swapped the disk with one from another laptop, also containing Linux Mint 14, and it booted.
I took the broken disk to a computer store where the tech attached it to a Windows 7 PC and said that Windows could 'see it' OK. He said that was strange because it is usually linux that can see drives that Windows can't.
Anyway, even if Windows could 'see it', Mint could not. I bought a new SSD, which I installed.
Just now, on a hard re-boot, all the icons on my desktop disappeared and the network manager asked for my wireless password again.
Are there a problems with Linux Mint 14? (aside from the annoyance of Duck Duck Go)
I would be happy to send my SSD to Linux Mint, for them to investigate, if they would promise to send it back.