Why Doesn't My Desktop Recognize My SSD?
Follow these steps if you are having issues with your desktop's 2.5 inch SSD recognition:
- If the drive is being added as a secondary storage device, it must be initialized first (Windows, OS X). If not, disregard this step
- Remove, reseat, and double check the connections (both the narrow data connection, and the wider power connection from the system's power supply)
- If the SSD is installed externally (or internally using a drive bay or enclosure) try plugging the SSD into the SATA port directly using a SATA cable
- If that does not work, try a different SATA cable. Plug the cable into a different color SATA port on the motherboard
- Make sure the old drive still works. If not, reinstall the old drive, checking all connections
- If the old drive still works, but the new SSD does not, try it in a different system if possible
- If the drive does not work in any system or connection, try a power cycle on the drive, and if the drive still does not work, a replacement may be needed
- If the drive works in a different system, update to the latest firmware and try in the desktop again
- Check to make sure your system has the latest BIOS installed
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