Using old hard drive


Hazel123

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I have a 500gb ssd with my previous windows set up and files on. I had upgraded to a 1tb ssd a couple of years ago, clean installed (on a different laptop).

Kept the old 500gb one as additional file back ups. I now want to wipe the 500gb and use it as an external storage drive in a case. But it is not being recognised by windows. Other drives work in the case but not this one. At first I thought it was a dead drive, Bht just wondering if it’s something else (ie it has windows on from another computer). Any way I can check if it’s working and access contents? Don’t need the contents as I’m planning on wiping it but do need access to it to reformat it.
 

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    HP Pavilion 14-ce3514sa
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    Core i5
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    Originally installed with a 500gb H10 Optane ssd
A couple of things:

First, since this is an SSD you want to make certain that the enclosure that you are placing the drive in supports TRIM operations (very important for SSDs). Not all enclosures (especially old models) support this.

That said, even if your enclosure does not support TRIM, you should be able to at least see the SSD. I'm wondering if the reason that you don't see the SSD is simply that a drive letter is not assigned to it.

Could you possibly try this...

1) Leave the SSD disconnected.
2) Open DISK MANAGEMENT and take note of what you see there.
3) Connect the SSD and wait a few seconds to allow it to be seen by the system.
4) Refresh Disk Management (select Action > Refresh at the top of the screen).

Do you now see an additional drive that was not there previously? If so, could you take a screenshot and post it here?

If you are still not seeing that SSD, do you have any other enclosure in which you could try that drive? Would it be possible to connect it to a SATA port and power internally on a desktop computer to see if it is seen then?
 

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If other drives work in the case, I would say the drive died. Don't get rid of it until you know for sure. I had an old 250GB Kingston SSD that I replaced with an 500GB Samsung SSD. I put the drive in my desk and after not being used for a couple of years it died. I stored it in the container the Samsung came in, so I have idea why.
 

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    Windows 11 Canary Channel
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    ASRock Z490 Phantom Gaming 4/ax
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    Intel Core i5-8400 CPU @ 2.80GHz
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    16 MB DDR 4-2666
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    Samsung 970 EVO 500GB NVMe
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Thanks. I should have thought to look in disk management. It does show there as “unknown “ Not initialised - unallocated. However if I right click on it no options to format - everything greyed out except properties and help.
 

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    Samsung 970 evo plus 2TB
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    Originally installed with a 500gb H10 Optane ssd
Did you right click where it says disk 1 ?

If you rt click where it says disk 1 you should get the option to initialize it.

1. initialize
2. create partition(s)
3. format partition(s)

cant format until the disk has ben initialized and partition (s) have been created.


disk1.jpgdisk1.jpg
 

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    Win7
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    PC/Desktop
    CPU
    i5-8400
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    gigabyte b365m ds3h
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    2x8gb 3200mhz
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    benq gw2480
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    bequiet pure power 11 400CM
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    cryorig m9i
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    PC/Desktop
    CPU
    pentium g5400
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    gigabyte b365m ds3h
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    1x8gb 2400
    PSU
    xfx pro 450
Sorted - went into properties and disabled and re enabled device and it shows up now, with its partitions.
 

My Computer

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  • OS
    Windows 11
    Computer type
    Laptop
    Manufacturer/Model
    HP Pavilion 14-ce3514sa
    CPU
    Core i5
    Memory
    16gb
    Hard Drives
    Samsung 970 evo plus 2TB
    Cooling
    Could be better
    Internet Speed
    200mbps Starlink
    Browser
    Firefox
    Other Info
    Originally installed with a 500gb H10 Optane ssd
Did you right click where it says disk 1 ?
Yes and also in menus. Right click only showed properties but disabled and re enabled device and it shows up now with all its partitions.
 

My Computer

System One

  • OS
    Windows 11
    Computer type
    Laptop
    Manufacturer/Model
    HP Pavilion 14-ce3514sa
    CPU
    Core i5
    Memory
    16gb
    Hard Drives
    Samsung 970 evo plus 2TB
    Cooling
    Could be better
    Internet Speed
    200mbps Starlink
    Browser
    Firefox
    Other Info
    Originally installed with a 500gb H10 Optane ssd
Hmm. Deleted two of the partitions so they are unallocated ready to format but can’t seem to delete the third partition 855mb Recovery Partition. Right clicking just gives “help”. So have only been able to format the rest of the disk. Would like to get rid of that partition.
 

My Computer

System One

  • OS
    Windows 11
    Computer type
    Laptop
    Manufacturer/Model
    HP Pavilion 14-ce3514sa
    CPU
    Core i5
    Memory
    16gb
    Hard Drives
    Samsung 970 evo plus 2TB
    Cooling
    Could be better
    Internet Speed
    200mbps Starlink
    Browser
    Firefox
    Other Info
    Originally installed with a 500gb H10 Optane ssd
Might be because of the partition id.

Can either change the id , or use diskpart with override
 

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  • OS
    Win7
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    PC/Desktop
    CPU
    i5-8400
    Motherboard
    gigabyte b365m ds3h
    Memory
    2x8gb 3200mhz
    Monitor(s) Displays
    benq gw2480
    PSU
    bequiet pure power 11 400CM
    Cooling
    cryorig m9i
  • Operating System
    win7
    Computer type
    PC/Desktop
    CPU
    pentium g5400
    Motherboard
    gigabyte b365m ds3h
    Memory
    1x8gb 2400
    PSU
    xfx pro 450
Thanks. I did it in disk part. Can’t remember what did it now. I did clean first, then extend. So sorted now, newly formatted 500gb ssd.
 

My Computer

System One

  • OS
    Windows 11
    Computer type
    Laptop
    Manufacturer/Model
    HP Pavilion 14-ce3514sa
    CPU
    Core i5
    Memory
    16gb
    Hard Drives
    Samsung 970 evo plus 2TB
    Cooling
    Could be better
    Internet Speed
    200mbps Starlink
    Browser
    Firefox
    Other Info
    Originally installed with a 500gb H10 Optane ssd
the Diskpart CLEAN command will remove all partition tables and leave it completely unallocated, ready to make your own partition.

DISKPART> help clean

Removes any and all partition or volume formatting from the disk with
focus.

Syntax: CLEAN [ALL]

ALL Specifies that each and every byte\sector on the disk is set to
zero, which completely deletes all data contained on the disk.

On master boot record (MBR) disks, only the MBR partitioning information
and hidden sector information are overwritten. On GUID partition table
(GPT) disks, the GPT partitioning information, including the Protective
MBR, is overwritten. If the ALL parameter is not used, the first 1MB
and the last 1MB of the disk are zeroed. This erases any disk formatting
that had been previously applied to the disk. The disk's state after
cleaning the disk is 'UNINITIALIZED'.
 

My Computers

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  • OS
    Windows 11 Home
    Computer type
    Laptop
    Manufacturer/Model
    Acer Aspire 3 A315-23
    CPU
    AMD Athlon Silver 3050U
    Memory
    8GB
    Graphics Card(s)
    Radeon Graphics
    Monitor(s) Displays
    laptop screen
    Screen Resolution
    1366x768 native resolution, up to 2560x1440 with Radeon Virtual Super Resolution
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    1TB Samsung EVO 870 SSD
    Internet Speed
    50 Mbps
    Browser
    Edge, Firefox
    Antivirus
    Defender
    Other Info
    fully 'Windows 11 ready' laptop. Windows 10 C: partition migrated from my old unsupported 'main machine' then upgraded to 11. A test migration ran Insider builds for 2 months. When 11 was released on 5th October it was re-imaged back to 10 and was offered the upgrade in Windows Update on 20th October. Windows Update offered the 22H2 Feature Update on 20th September 2022. It got the 23H2 Feature Update on 4th November 2023 through Windows Update.

    My SYSTEM THREE is a Dell Latitude 5410, i7-10610U, 32GB RAM, 512GB NVMe ssd, supported device running Windows 11 Pro (and all my Hyper-V VMs).

    My SYSTEM FOUR is a 2-in-1 convertible Lenovo Yoga 11e 20DA, Celeron N2930, 8GB RAM, 256GB ssd. Unsupported device: currently running Win10 Pro, plus Win11 Pro RTM and Insider Dev, Beta, and RP 24H2 as native boot vhdx.

    My SYSTEM FIVE is a Dell Latitude 3190 2-in-1, Pentium Silver N5030, 4GB RAM, 512GB NVMe ssd, supported device running Windows 11 Pro, plus the Insider Beta, Dev, Canary, and Release Preview builds as a native boot .vhdx.
  • Operating System
    Windows 11 Pro
    Computer type
    Laptop
    Manufacturer/Model
    Dell Lattitude E4310
    CPU
    Intel® Core™ i5-520M
    Motherboard
    0T6M8G
    Memory
    8GB
    Graphics card(s)
    (integrated graphics) Intel HD Graphics
    Screen Resolution
    1366x768
    Hard Drives
    500GB Crucial MX500 SSD
    Browser
    Firefox, Edge
    Antivirus
    Defender
    Other Info
    unsupported machine: Legacy bios, MBR, TPM 1.2, upgraded from W10 to W11 using W10/W11 hybrid install media workaround. In-place upgrade to 22H2 using ISO and a workaround. Feature Update to 23H2 by manually installing the Enablement Package. Also running Insider Beta, Dev, and Canary builds as a native boot .vhdx.

    My SYSTEM THREE is a Dell Latitude 5410, i7-10610U, 32GB RAM, 512GB NVMe ssd, supported device running Windows 11 Pro (and all my Hyper-V VMs).

    My SYSTEM FOUR is a 2-in-1 convertible Lenovo Yoga 11e 20DA, Celeron N2930, 8GB RAM, 256GB ssd. Unsupported device: currently running Win10 Pro, plus Win11 Pro RTM and Insider Dev, Beta, and RP 24H2 as native boot vhdx.

    My SYSTEM FIVE is a Dell Latitude 3190 2-in-1, Pentium Silver N5030, 4GB RAM, 512GB NVMe ssd, supported device running Windows 11 Pro, plus the Insider Beta, Dev, Canary, and Release Preview builds as a native boot .vhdx.
the Diskpart CLEAN command will remove all partition tables and leave it completely unallocated, ready to make your own partition.

DISKPART> help clean

Removes any and all partition or volume formatting from the disk with
focus.

Syntax: CLEAN [ALL]

ALL Specifies that each and every byte\sector on the disk is set to
zero, which completely deletes all data contained on the disk.

On master boot record (MBR) disks, only the MBR partitioning information
and hidden sector information are overwritten. On GUID partition table
(GPT) disks, the GPT partitioning information, including the Protective
MBR, is overwritten. If the ALL parameter is not used, the first 1MB
and the last 1MB of the disk are zeroed. This erases any disk formatting
that had been previously applied to the disk. The disk's state after
cleaning the disk is 'UNINITIALIZED'.
Thanks Bree that is really useful to know.
 

My Computer

System One

  • OS
    Windows 11
    Computer type
    Laptop
    Manufacturer/Model
    HP Pavilion 14-ce3514sa
    CPU
    Core i5
    Memory
    16gb
    Hard Drives
    Samsung 970 evo plus 2TB
    Cooling
    Could be better
    Internet Speed
    200mbps Starlink
    Browser
    Firefox
    Other Info
    Originally installed with a 500gb H10 Optane ssd
I use the free version of Mini Tool Partition Wizard, it recognises all types of discs better than the Windows one and will have no bother resetting a drive back to only one partition.
 

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  • OS
    W11 pro beta
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    PC/Desktop
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    home built
    CPU
    Athlon 3000G
    Motherboard
    Asrock A320M-HDV r4.0
    Memory
    16Gb Crucial DDR4 2400
    Graphics Card(s)
    onboard cpu
    Sound Card
    onboard
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    AOC 27
    Screen Resolution
    2560-1440
    Hard Drives
    WD black SN750 M2 500Gb
    PSU
    500W Seasonic core 80+gold non modular
    Case
    Fractal Design Define R2
    Cooling
    front 2 x 120mm rear 100mm stock psu
    Internet Speed
    135/20
    Browser
    Firefox and edge
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    Windows Security and free Malwarebytes
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    W11 pro 64 beta (from W10 pro system builder pack)
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    PC/Desktop
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    Ryzen 7 5700G
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    MSI B450 tomahawk max II
    Memory
    4 x 8Gb Corsair Vengeance LPX 3000 DDR4
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    onboard cpu
    Sound Card
    motherboard
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    LG 21.5" IPS
    Screen Resolution
    1920 x 1080
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    WD 1Tb Black M2 SN850X on Asus hyper M2 X16 max V2 card
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    Be Quiet 400 semi modular 80+gold
    Case
    Coolermaster Silencio 650
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    140mm front, 120 rear Akasa Vegas Chroma AM
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    135/20
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