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Laptop refuses to recognize Optical Bay Hard Drive Caddy?

Discussion in 'Hardware' started by humanklaxon, May 5, 2015.

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  1. humanklaxon

    humanklaxon Thread Starter

    May 5, 2015
    I've gone through several of these caddys.

    My laptop (a Lenovo G500) continually has the same problem; it refuses to recognize the HD I connect to it using an Optical Bay Caddy I purchased on eBay (I've tried several, it does this with all of them). The first time I connected it it saw the Hard Drive and worked perfectly. I rebooted and it hasn't shown up in the BIOS's Boot Screen or anywhere else since.

    Here are some pictures of the caddy itself: https://imgur.com/a/qEXbq#0

    Related BIOS configuration screens: https://imgur.com/Xmv8ZIx,bq46dDy,Ofcp0XW,6RFCQVn,RK28j...

    Laptop specs:

    System: Lenovo G500 CPU: Intel Core i3-3120M CPU @ 2.50GHz Dual-Core
    Graphics: Intel HD Graphics 4000, 1366 x 768

    What could be causing this?
  2. trogdo


    Feb 9, 2015
    Have you tried setting Sata Controller Mode to Compatible? I assume it's just a name for the old IDE mode, which means that if it works,it will be slower.
  3. managed

    managed Trusted Advisor Spam Fighter

    May 24, 2003
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    It's a Sata HD and the caddy has a Sata connection so I would enable all the Sata ports and see if it shows up then.
    It could also be seen as a Usb device if the Optical drive was but that's less likely.
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