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Installed a second hard drive, why can't the computer detect it?

I recently purchased the late 2012 Mac Mini with the intention of adding a second hard drive to it. I took an old OWC Extreme 6G 120gb SSD from my tower and was able to install it into the Mac mini (following the iFixit guide and purchasing the data doubler) relatively without incident. Computer booted back up, but the drive is not being recognized anywhere. It doesn't show up in Disk Utility or anything. The SSD is recognized fine by my tower when I put it back in to test, however.

Any thoughts? Thanks for your help.

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What kind of tower do you mean here, Windows or Mac? Do you have an external Firewire or USB case/cable that can house your SSD to test it out?

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Hello Dan, my tower is a Mac Pro 2010. It had 2 SSDs running so I took one for the Mac Mini. It seems to work fine when I put it back into the tower. I will try again with a USB hard drive enclosure and report back. Thanks for your help.

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Let us know what you discover.

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Alright, I placed the SSD into an enclosure and hooked it up via USB, and it worked! So, I guess it's not a problem with the drive. Could it possibly be the SATA cable that is messed up? It was a brand new one that came with the data doubler kit from OWC.

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The only logical answer here is the cable is bad.

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Yep I broke down and had a technician look at it, and that seems to be the case! Luckily OWC is being pretty cool about it and will send me a replacement at no cost. Thanks for your help.

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I have am older macbook pro 5,1 that had similar problems, the drive I put in the optical bay would sometimes be recognized, and sometimes not. Other times it would read in very strange ways. The original optical drive had stopped working, and I noticed the cable was not mating with the receptacle properly. I ordered a cheap replacement cable from gainsaver and voila,everything worked.

If you had problems with your drive before replacing it, try replacing the cable if the new drive is not mounting

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