Question BIOS does not recognize new SSD on old Toshiba Satellite ?

Jun 29, 2021
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Hi all. I have an old Toshiba Satellite A205-SP5815 laptop and I'm trying to change the old HDD for a new SSD. The problem I have is that once I change the SSD, the BIOS does not recognize the new SSD, so I'm not able to install a new OS from USB-stick. With the old HDD the system works properly with Windows XP, so I guess SATA connectors must be working properly. I have read some things about changing the boot from UEFI to CMS but I guess the BIOS of this laptop does not include that option, at least to my knowledge. I would appreciate any help from you. Thank you very much!
 

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Make sure the connector is actually going on to the SSD pins correctly.
I had a laptop doing the same thing and found that the SSD pins was sliding just under the connector but to me it felt like it went in right. - nothing showed up in the bios of course.

If that's not it, which SSD did you get. Some just aren't compatible with your old Toshiba.
 
Jun 29, 2021
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Hi and thank you for your response. I have checked the connectors. They are fine. I got the SSD Kingston’s A400 2.5'' SATA 240 Gb. I have always used that model to add it to other old laptops (Dell, Compaq) and I've never had any problem with them until now with this Toshiba.

I also added another RAM memory to use the dual channel, with the same specs that the already installed one has (1GB DDR2 Non-ECC SODIMM 667MHz (PC2-5300) and also it is not recognized by the BIOS.

After all these things, I started to think that somehow the BIOS is blocked to recognize new hardware.

I have no idea how to treat with the BIOS issue so I would really appreciate guidance about it.

Thank you again for the help!
 

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