I have purchased a new 2.5" Western Digital Scorpio Black 750GB notebook drive (WD7500BPKT) to replace and existing 300GB drive in my laptop. I have connected the new WD drive to my machine using a Cables to Go USB to SATA adapter for purposes of transferring the data. The new WD drive is being recognized by the OS (Windows 7 Pro 64bit) -- it is listed in the Disk Management, can be partitioned, formatting and used...no problems.
I initially tried using the Western Digital edition of True Image and when that failed I bought the full version of True Image Home 2011 (build 6868). Both editions have the same problems listed below. The laptop is an HP HDX 18.
My first attempt was a simple clone of one drive directly to the other. The old drive has a 100MB system reserved boot partition and then the remainder is a single data partition. I am able to select the source drive. At this point, both disks can be selected. I pick the old drive as the source and then continue to the Destination disk screen. That screen shows the new WD Scorpio but the disk is greyed out. I cannot select it as the destination. I tried this both when the new drive was unpartitioned and also formatted as NTFS.
I then thought to skip cloning and go for the backup/recover route. I successfully created a sector-by-sector backup file (tib) from the old drive to a separate 1TB USB external drive that I had laying around. I then tried to recover that image file to the new Western Digital disk. The same problem. When I got to the destination drive screen, the new drive was greyed out. It should be noted that this problem occurs regardless of if I am using the in-OS version of TI or via the bootable media version.
Any thoughts? This has been very frustrating!