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I have the caddy or whatever it's called. My hdds won't show up at all when it's plugged in so I looked some info telling me to go bios and set acdh or something but my bios doesn't have that so what now a raid card? If so Cheepest possible it's for a HTPC file server which does backups at night so sPeed isn't an issue. I have no idea how to set it up is there a guide or something?
post #2 of 11
We will need some more info before answering. What is the caddy you have? What motherboard are you using?

I believe the setting you are looking for is "AHCI".
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Set SATA mode to AHCI in your BIOS, and you're good to go!
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sorry i wasnt exactly awake when i posted this and also didn't know what its called but here it is http://www.startech.com/HDD/Mobile-Racks/Black-525in-SATA-Hard-Drive-Mobile-Rack-Drawer~DRW110SATBK#dnlds and the rest of info is below

Main pc- 870-G45 (ms-7599) made by MSI
HTPC- pc- Nettle2 or MCP61PM-HM by ECS (oem motherboard their the same here's link http://h10025.www1.hp.com/ewfrf/wc/document?docname=c01077676&tmp_task=prodinfoCategory&cc=us&dlc=en&lc=en&product=3443290 )

reason im stating both is im unsure which will support it ill try looking in the bios right away though
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Originally Posted by Tankster399 View Post

sorry i wasnt exactly awake when i posted this and also didn't know what its called but here it is http://www.startech.com/HDD/Mobile-Racks/Black-525in-SATA-Hard-Drive-Mobile-Rack-Drawer~DRW110SATBK#dnlds and the rest of info is below
Main pc- 870-G45 (ms-7599) made by MSI
HTPC- pc- Nettle2 or MCP61PM-HM by ECS (oem motherboard their the same here's link http://h10025.www1.hp.com/ewfrf/wc/document?docname=c01077676&tmp_task=prodinfoCategory&cc=us&dlc=en&lc=en&product=3443290 )
reason im stating both is im unsure which will support it ill try looking in the bios right away though

Ok, so the drive is effectively connected straight to the SATA port, that's what I wanted to know.

As said above, you will need to enable "AHCI mode" for your SATA controller in the BIOS. Usually the default is IDE mode which does not allow hot-swapping. You can also use RAID mode if that is available (it also allows hot-swapping, doesn't matter that you are not actually RAIDing the drives).

The option should be in a menu along the lines of "storage configuration" or something similar. Or it could be in an "onboard devices" menu. I can't say without looking through your BIOS. BIOS' on OEM boards are usually rather sparse.
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well it isn't working at all no hard drive is showing up and when i turned AHCI mode on pc wouldn't start which im guessing is because of the bay and tray whatever doesn't work.
(no power light eather and yes i checked 4 times to see if it was hooked up right) when i turned pc on it would go to recovery option or start normally first hit start normally then it makes it to windows 7 then restarts. then the recovery section does what it needs to asking to do system restore then after that it goes to windows 7 boot logo then crashes then if i turn ahci off it boots fine (I also have 2 ata hdds connected too probably was the reason why it wouldn't work ) also shouldnt the hard drive still show up on the bios too?



so i guess ill have to buy another one worth a try since i got it free what a shame. -.- Are there any that are cheap and good like 20$ - 40 (don't really wanna spend 40 but if its better def will ) compacity has to be 2TB or more
Edited by Tankster399 - 2/20/12 at 12:04am
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well it isn't working at all no hard drive is showing up and when i turned AHCI mode on pc wouldn't start which im guessing is because of the bay and tray whatever doesn't work.
(no power light eather and yes i checked 4 times to see if it was hooked up right) when i turned pc on it would go to recovery option or start normally first hit start normally then it makes it to windows 7 then restarts. then the recovery section does what it needs to asking to do system restore then after that it goes to windows 7 boot logo then crashes then if i turn ahci off it boots fine (I also have 2 ata hdds connected too probably was the reason why it wouldn't work ) also shouldnt the hard drive still show up on the bios too?
so i guess ill have to buy another one worth a try since i got it free what a shame. -.- Are there any that are cheap and good like 20$ - 40 (don't really wanna spend 40 but if its better def will ) compacity has to be 2TB or more

Have a read here. Follow the instructions and your problem will be fixed smile.gif (sorry, forgot about this problem, should have mentioned it earlier)
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post #8 of 11
More simple question: is the key in the lock position? If not try that.

Most of the hot swap drive bays turn off when the key is not in the lock position.
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look at post 4 asdf and mob ill have to get a key so i cant really check that out ill have to wait but in the meantime are their any that are about 30$ that you would recommend? (preferably like the same as i posted doesnt have to be same brand or anything though just needs be sturdy)
post #10 of 11
Almost all the keys are the same. I have a lot of experience with hot swap drive bays and have installed a LOT of them. Kingwin is inexpensive, but still built decent and works. They're close to knockoffs of the rhino jr. (cru dataport) carriers.

Don't take my word for it, but I have a good feeling that the keys will be interchangeable. Check out the KF-811-BK if you want a model that comes with keys, or the KF-92-BK if you want one without.



A lot of the hot swap carriers come with keys because end users are notorious for taking a bunch of hard drives out and forgetting what slots they go back into. This has broken many a raid. It's to make sure that only an administrator can deal with it. It's fairly unnecessary for home use, but don't turn your windows hard drive off accidentally while the computers running. Made that mistake more than once.... LOL




If you wanna go dirt cheap I have actually had a positive experience with this one:

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817993031

But the on/off function is a button you push. One of my friends mistook it for a cdrom drive and of course, turned off my boot drive : (


Edit: if I recall the main difference between the keys is that some are 5 pin barrel keys and some are 4 pin barrel keys. All the pins are the same height, nothing fancy. You could probably get the key to turn of you had a piece of tubing to push the pins in and a flat head screw driver to turn the lock.
Edited by mobius9 - 2/22/12 at 10:54pm
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