Solid ad­vice

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Thanks for my star prize of the Cru­cial BX300 240GB SSD, very much ap­pre­ci­ated. When I re­ceived the SSD, I de­cided to use it as a backup for my main com­puter, mainly for stor­ing pho­tos. I plugged the drive into my com­puter via a SATA-to-USB3 ca­ble. The drive was recog­nised in De­vice Man­ager but wasn’t us­able. I did what most peo­ple would do and con­sulted Google. What a lot of peo­ple have had the same problem, and what a lot of pos­si­ble so­lu­tions! I de­cided to buy an en­clo­sure from Ama­zon, at a cost of £8.59, ad­ver­tised as plug and play, and specif­i­cally listed as us­able with an SSD. It plugged but didn’t play, al­though the hard­ware was recog­nised in De­vice Man­ager as be­fore. I emailed Cru­cial for help, and re­ceived a sur­pris­ingly speedy re­sponse with an em­bar­rass­ingly sim­ple so­lu­tion. I needed to ini­tialise the SSD first to make sure it was de­tected by my OS. Cru­cial de­tails how to do this in its Tribal Knowl­edge Base. The SSD is now very hap­pily con­nected to my USB port, giv­ing fan­tas­ti­cally speedy backup. What a great piece of kit. There are lots of other peo­ple out there who have had a sim­i­lar problem. Please ad­vise any­one else who wants to use an SSD as a backup drive how to do what I did. Chris Adam

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