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SSD initialisation error message "Device not ready"

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I purchased a Crucial 1 TB M2 SATA SSD last July and only today removed it from its original packaging to try to use it. I installed the SSD into a FIDECO M2 SATA External SSD enclosure - USB 3.1
I connected the FIDECO device to a windows 7 Pro laptop (Dell Precision workstation 7710). I ran the disk manager which displayed a new disk, Disk3 which was not initialised. I proceeded to initialise the disk but got the message "Device not ready" . I have tried to re-seat the SSD in the FIDECO caddy a few ties but to no avail.
When I connect the CADDY to the USB C port on the laptop, the white LED is lit in the caddy indicating at least that power is being applied.
the SSD had remained un-opened for 6 months and this is the first time that it has been used. Is it possible that there is a limited shelf life on this SSD ?
I don't have any other M2 SATA SSD to test the CADDY or another CADDY with which to test the SSD.
Is there any windows 7 diagnostic software which would provide diagnostics to identify whether or not the CADDY is at fault or the uninitialized SSD is at fault ?
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You might have a M.2 SATA slot inside the laptop, there are two M.2 slots in it, advertised as NVMe but one may be SATA as well.

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I do have M2  slots in the laptop but both are populated, one being the main system disk. I don't want to risk plugging a possibly faulty SSD into my system. thanks for you comment in any case.
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You could use an internal M.2 to SATA in the 2.5" bay to test but they cost $10-20
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>>  the SSD had remained un-opened for 6 months and this is the first time that it has been used. Is it possible that there is a limited shelf life on this SSD ?  <<  VERY unlikely, they tend to keep  at 100% when not used
try to test the drive on another system
or contact crucial for more info - or a replacement
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Post back the model number of your caddy.

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Model number M203CS, described s M.2 NGFF Enclosure-USB 3.1 Gen 2 (10 Gbps)
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https://m.alibaba.com/product/62005280363/Aluminum-nvme-ssd-case-for-2242.html

It seems that your caddy is for M.2 NVMe, not M.2 SATA.
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I saw that too but it's a different one, M203C not M203CS. They actually say NVMe or SATA on them so it's hard to get them mixed up.
https://page.auctions.yahoo.co.jp/jp/auction/d410702098

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I purchased this from Amazon a couple of days ago.
They advertise it as SATA
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The Crucial SSD part number is P1 M.2 2280 model CT1000P1SSD8
Crucial spec is : Specs: 1TB M.2 SSD • PCIe NVMe Gen 3 • 2,000 MB/s Read, 1,700 MB/s Write
which would seem to match the caddy
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You bought a SATA enclosure for a NVMe stick. That won't work.

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Caddy is being returned

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Just an update. Replaced the caddy with an NVMe compatible one and all works well.
Thanks for your comments.