I have recently purchased an SSD drive (SANDISK Extreme, works like a charm) and along with that a second hdd drive caddy for my old hdd instead of my DVD drive.
My laptop is an ASUS K53sv with i7 2630QM Processor ASUS - Notebooks- ASUS K53SV
Both SSD and old hdd in drive caddy works perfectly, except that I can only shut down or restart when in failsafe mode.
It doesnt matter if I boot from my old harddisk with windows 7 Home premium that used to work fine, or from my new one with Windows 7 pro, Google Chrome, Microsoft Essentials, updates and drivers
, and nothing else installed. Both Windows are 64 bit.
If I replace the drive caddy and hdd with the old DVD drive it shuts down just fine, no matter what hard disk I boot from.
After having shut down running programs it just goes black, but doesnt power off. I have to do that manually by cutting power, when both hdds are in.
I have not had the "Windows was not shut down properly" error message upon reboot, nor any subsequent errors.
I have a few (maybe far-fetched) theories as to what causes the problem, but mostly guesswork.
1. There is a defect in the hard drive caddy that only shows up when I shut down (strange error but not impossible)
2. There is some part of the ordinary shut down process that expects a hdd and DVD drive and blacks out if it doesnt get it.
3. The BIOS expects a hdd and DVD drive and blacks out if it doesnt get it. (but why does it work in failsafe mode)
4. The failsafe mode approach to shutting down is different from the ordinary shut down proces.
I really hope there are some knowledgeable person that will solve this problem for me, as I really dont know what to do.