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SSD installation on Windows 10 with USB enclosure, old Hard Drive shows up and cannot initialize

I am attempting to install an SSD drive with external USB enclosure. It is my second attempt after I had thought that my Samsung SSD was corrupt. I bought a new Kingston, and tried to install it. Same EXACT issue as before - The Samsung SSD (which is now in my briefcase) is showing up in Device Manager (Kingston is nowhere to be found) and it is visible in Disk Management. It is NOT showing up under MY PC. Bigger issue is that in Disk Management, I cannot initialize it. I am getting this error "The specified disk is not convertible because the size is less than the minimum size required for GPT disks" and when I try MBR I get "fatal device error" Its a brand new drive but getting the same errors as the old Samsung.
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  1. Welcome, @rocket29!

    I'd recommend you try formatting the SSD through Command Prompt (Run as Administrator), Just make sure you select the appropriate drive letter. Another thing you could try is accessing the SSD from another computer and see how it will show up there. Swapping the SATA cable and the port where it is connected on the mobo might also be a good idea.

    If the error is still present, you should definitely get in touch with the reseller's/manufacturer's official customer support and send your RMA request in order to get a replacement. Fatal Device Error is never a good sign.

    Keep me posted with the troubleshooting, though. Good luck! :)
    SuperSoph_WD
  2. Thanks for the suggestions, but I tried another PC (my Surface Pro 3) and same issue, although it showed up as a BD-ROM. Like I said its the second drive to do this, could it be the USB cable? I tried the disk clean via CMD prompt, I will do it again.
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    Hey there again, @rocket29!

    Indeed, it could be a miscommunication caused by the USB cable. I'd advise you to swap it with a different one and also try using a SATA-to-USB cable, instead of the enclosure. Since it's an SSD, you won't need any additional power supply, so the USB connection should be enough. You might also want to check how the SSD appears internally, if you have access to a PC desktop computer.

    Let me know it is going! :)
    SuperSoph_WD
  4. Windows does not like installing the OS onto USB devices.
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