Cloned drive also ignored!Found Easeus Disk Copy as you suggested & the cloning processes worked fine. It successfully made a clone of my 2nd HDD (AKA D drive). I ended up with a 500GB drive with about 93 GB of data & a lot of unallocated space (unallocated space expected). I installed the new D drive in the notebook booted up & the system ignores the drive. Scanning for new hardware (which from what I understand shouldn't be necessary) doesn't help.
Plugged the drive in via a SATA to USB cable & the drive shows up and works fine. I then used Easeus Partition Master to resize/move the partition. Now it’s a 500 GB drive again. Reinstalled in the notebook but still no drive!
The original D drive when reinstalled in the notebook is still recognized.
I had high hopes that cloning would be the answer to getting this notebook to recognize drives other than the ones originally installed.
My plan is to reformat the new D drive & clone again. When the cloning finished the first time & I selected “quit” the Easeus program popped up a window, I selected shutdown (99% sure) but the system restarted. At that point both D drives were attached to the notebook. Original D installed & the cloned D via the USB cable. Haveing both may have caused issues so I thought I’d try again.
Any new thoughts?