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Windows 7: HP elitebook 8570w. After installing SSD, secondary HDD not recognized

16 Sep 2014   #11
Imrankhan

Windows 7 Home Premium 64bit
 
 

Really a good progress in this investigation process.
I think formatting not gonna change anything with HDD to Caddy Interface. But give it a try if formatting is not a problem for you.
May I know Model of the your HDD and your friends' too.
Everyone is a learner here though.


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16 Sep 2014   #12
ICIT2LOL

Desk1 7 Home Prem / Desk2 10 Pro / Main lap Asus ROG 10 Pro 2 laptop Toshiba 7 Pro Asus P2520 7 & 10
 
 

Yes well the gadget device I linked to and sent pics of is a must have tool for me at least as it so easy to swap out drives on it without having to worry about the PCB's (Printed Circuit Board) that come in a lot of caddies, - one thing wrong with it (the caddy) is the drive might be perfectly good but the circuitry on that small board in the caddy is really out of whack or plain broken.

That could be something as much as the board is completely burnt out to something as simple as a capacitor gone bad. Such things as surges and brown outs can do that in the blink of an eye.
With the gadget there is no circuitry it is simply a connection just as if you were inserting the drive into machine itself
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16 Sep 2014   #13
rick20891

Windows 7 Enterprise
 
 

SOLVED!!!
Just as Imrankhan and ICit2lol advised, I connected my HDD through USB and it was recognized in Windows without a problem.

Just out of curiousity, I connected my friend's HDD in the caddy, which also started to work immediately in Windows.

Through Disk Manager, I saw that my friend's HDD was configured as GPT, while mine was configured as MBR (My SSD is also configured as MBR)

After a bit of reading, I decided to try the conversion from MBR to GPT for the 2nd HDD.

With the 2nd HDD connected through a USB cable, I went to Disk Manager to remove all partitions on the HDD. When every partition was removed, I was able to click 'Convert to GPT' (from the rightclick menu).

After the conversion, I disconnected the 2nd HDD from the USB cable.
With the laptop turned off, I of course removed my friend's HDD from the caddy first and put the 2nd HDD into the caddy. Afterwards I started up Disk Manager in Windows again.

This time, the 2nd HDD showed up.
After formatting the drive and assigning a drive letter, it all worked fine!

I think the steps taken are as follows:
1) connect the 2nd HDD through USB first
2) go to 'disk manager' and remove all partitions from the HDD
3) right click on 2nd HDD and select 'convert to gpt'
4) shut down system, disconnect USB cable and install HDD into caddy.
5) start up system, open 'disk manager' and create a new partition/assign a drive letter/format the HDD

Imrankhan and ICit2lol, I would REALLY like to thank you for the effort you took to help me and direct me into the right way. Keep up the good work!

Best regards,
Rick
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16 Sep 2014   #14
rick20891

Windows 7 Enterprise
 
 

@Imrankhan Just for the record

My HDD: HGST HTS725050A7E630 (500GB)
Friend's HDD: Seagate ST1000 (1TB)
Caddy: Nimitz (bought on ebay)

My SSD: Samsung SSD 840 EVO 250GB

AHCI mode was selected in bios
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16 Sep 2014   #15
ICIT2LOL

Desk1 7 Home Prem / Desk2 10 Pro / Main lap Asus ROG 10 Pro 2 laptop Toshiba 7 Pro Asus P2520 7 & 10
 
 

Well at least it is fixed that's the main thing.
If you want little more out the system then try some of the tips here
Optimize Windows 7
if you are unsure of the points involving the registry then just back it up - I do after each clean install for peace of mind. But Brinks tutorial is very safe.
Optimize Windows 7
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16 Sep 2014   #16
Imrankhan

Windows 7 Home Premium 64bit
 
 

Its good to hear that you fixed it yourself. Kudos. Thanks for reporting.
Because you have upgraded to SSD, you might want to read optimising Windows for SSD, through John's post.
Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by ICit2lol View Post
Optimize Windows 7
if you are unsure of the points involving the registry then just back it up - I do after each clean install for peace of mind. But Brinks tutorial is very safe.
Optimize Windows 7
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16 Sep 2014   #17
ICIT2LOL

Desk1 7 Home Prem / Desk2 10 Pro / Main lap Asus ROG 10 Pro 2 laptop Toshiba 7 Pro Asus P2520 7 & 10
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Imrankhan View Post
Its good to hear that you fixed it yourself. Kudos. Thanks for reporting.
Because you have upgraded to SSD, you might want to read optimising Windows for SSD, through John's post.
Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by ICit2lol View Post
Optimize Windows 7
if you are unsure of the points involving the registry then just back it up - I do after each clean install for peace of mind. But Brinks tutorial is very safe.
Optimize Windows 7
Yes Imran there are few points in there that I personably like as in the msconfig stuff.
The SSD's I use the Samsung magician to optimize the Samsungs at least (most of my SSD's are that brand)
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