My G53SX-A1 Issue (Letter to ASUS)

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  1. Varela336

    Varela336 Newbie

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    So I recently came across with an issue regarding placing a secondary hard drive on my Asus G53SX-XT1. I did send a letter to ASUS for some help but I wanted to also share it here to see if anyone can help me with this issue.

    The letter was the following:

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    [Problem Description]
    Hello there,
    I recently come unto a problem with my G53SX-XT1 Asus Notebook.
    I have installed a second Hard Drive in the additional Hard Drive Slot. Now the thing is, the drive seems to not be recognized at all by the computer (it is at the moment already inserted into the computer).

    Now my question is, are there any suggestions or steps that I could follow so that the secondary Hard Drive is readable by the computer. So far everything is just as normal (Except for the fact that I did in fact mess up the LEDs on the keyboard as for some reason once I reconnected the keyboard they just seemed to have failed working, but I digress as I take responsibility for that happening)

    Anyways, yeah, the hard drive is not being identified as it being connected, any help would be highly appreciated.

    Some notes about the Hard Drive.
    1) Western Digital 320 GB Scorpio Black SATA 3 Gb/s 7200 RPM 16 MB Cache Bulk/OEM Notebook Hard Drive - WD3200BEKT

    2) It is from an older laptop that I own, so it has Win7 32-bit Installed (I would believe this is the reason it is not recognized, but the hard drive is not even recognized in the Start Up Menu (when you press F2 when booting the computer)

    I will continue searching online for a fix for this, but regardless I would appreciate any help you might be able to provide for me in this case.

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    Thanks at anyone here who would be able to help (and providing such help of course)

    [Edit it is an XT1, not and A1]
     
  2. sarge_

    sarge_ Notebook Deity

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    Have you properly connected the SATA data and power cables? Is the drive seen by the BIOS?
     
  3. Varela336

    Varela336 Newbie

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    I will check, as far as I'm concerned it is all properly connected, and no, the drive is not seen in the BIOS, I will check right now again and report back.
     
  4. JOSEA

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    As Sarge said, check BIOS, if it is not seen there, try swapping the 2 drives.
    Also try resetting the BIOS to default settings
     
  5. Varela336

    Varela336 Newbie

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    I will try that in a moment, because yeah, the drive is most definitely connected properly.
     
  6. lmychajluk

    lmychajluk Notebook Evangelist

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    It's been a while since I played w/ swapping hard-drives on a PC, but the first thing that came to mind are there still jumpers that need to be set on the drives? If you pulled a 'master' drive from another machine and put it on the same controller as the existing 'master', that could cause problems. One drive may need to be set as a 'slave' by tweaking the position of the jumpers.
     
  7. sarge_

    sarge_ Notebook Deity

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    The days of PATA drives and jumpers are long gone, mate. :)
     
  8. squawks

    squawks Notebook Consultant

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    Checking the BIOS as others said will be a definite answer to whether it's connected properly. Some people don't clamp the cables tightly enough, or put the cables in the wrong way or wrong direction.

    If the BIOS detects it, go into Disk Management (from Computer Management, do a search from start button) and you may have to assign a drive letter and/or format the drive. That's what I had to do with my SSD. I suggest you uncheck the "compressed drive" option if you do have to format the drive.
     
  9. squawks

    squawks Notebook Consultant

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    I should additionally note that you can probably bypass the BIOS and just go straight into Disk Management. If no drive is detected there, it definitely won't be detected in the BIOS too.
     
  10. svcr0c0

    svcr0c0 Notebook Consultant

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    And not a moment too soon. I always hated those ribbon cables that would become stiff as a rock after a couple of years. Not to mention changing jumpers on drives that did not have clear descriptions for their settings. Ugh! :p

    To the OP, make sure the second drive is recognized in the BIOS. If it is, go to Control Panel -> Administrative Tools -> Computer Management -> Disk Management and see if the drive partitions have drive letters assigned.

    If the drive is not recognized in the BIOS, take the laptop apart and make sure everything is seated properly.
     
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