SSD caddy will not communicate (sort of)
I removed my dead optical drive and purchased a SSD caddy and a 480gb Kingston SSD. The caddy fits perfectly- no issues with mounting at all. When I boot, the new drive is recognized but I cannot format, just get “Wiping volume data to prevent future accidental probing”.
Seemed odd to me that this would communicate with the hardware and “see” the drive and all its info but not format. But no matter, I started troubleshooting.
I put the drive in a USB enclosure - it behaved normally and I was able to format. So that eliminates the drive.
Everything I read said the tiny SATA cable that connected the optical drive to the mobo is fragile and might be bad. Again, seemed odd that this would be the case and be “half way broken” but no matter, I ordered a new one. Same exact results, no change, can see the drive in Finder but cannot format.
So that leaves the caddy itself. So I purchased a SATA to USB cable from iFixit and that showed up today. And guess what: when I connect the caddy via USB, it works and I was able to copy files etc.
This tells me that either the SATA cable is bad (seems odd both would fail in the same way). I ordered a new/different caddy (data doubler) even though it seems a slim chance.
Anyone have any ideas?