Now I´m trying to recover the information from that hard drive. For that, I´m installing the mSata hard drive in the SATA slot of a HP ProBook laptop. The problem is that the HP Pro Book 645 G2 is not automatically showing the new hard drive as a second hard drive. The OS in that laptop is Windows 10 64b. I´ve been looking and searching in the BIOS of the HP Pro Book laptop. But I can not find how to activate the SATA slot in the HP Pro Book. In this case my assumption that is that the reason why the laptop is not showing the new hard drive installed. Is it even possible? There are no settings in the Bios regarding activating that slot, if not automatically activated.
I would really appreciate some help from the gurus around. I cannot be the first trying to install an extra hard drive in an HP Pro Book 645 G2 SATA slot. I accept suggestions.
Thanks a lot for the help. Best regards from Sweden
I'm having some difficulty understanding how you have things connected. Perhaps it's a terminology problem because, as far as I know, there is no such thing as an mSATA "Hard Drive". All mSATA drives are SSDs.
You said you are connecting the m.2 SSD to a SATA slot -- but it does not have the connector to do that; instead, it requires an m.2 slot -- which is different. So, are you connecting the mSATA SSD to an adapter and then connecting that adapter to the SATA jack on the motherboard? Or are we just confusing different terms?
Also, in motherboards with m.2 SATA slots, since the intention of those slots is to boot from the SSD connected to them, they are configured to be Device Zero in the default drive list, not Device One. So, if you have an m.2 SSD connected and another standard SATA drive, be it SSD or HDD, this other drive will be seen after the m.2 SATA drive in the boot order.
And finally, all the slots on the motherboard are activated automatically; so there is nothing you have to do to activate a SATA slot.
So, if you're not seeing in the BIOS/UEFI, the drive connected to the SATA slot, that is a BIOS/UEFI issue that you probably can not fix.
Also, are you sure the m.2 SSD is an m.2 SATA, not an m.2 NMVe? Asking because the two different drives look almost identical and it's easy to confuse one with the other.
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