Not sure if this is right place but here's the story.
ACER 8943G, replaced original HDD with an SSD, cloned boot system etc and SSD working fine as main drive for a long time now. Finally got replacement second drive cover that actual allows you to use second drive (curse you ACER for such a stupid design i.e. original second drive cover had two big protuding plastic bits that mean you couldn't put a second drive in the second drive slot - WTF!?!).
So am now trying to install the original HDD as the second drive. I thought this would be like plug and play. But initially the lappy didn't detect the 2nd drive as present. After a google search I used Control Panel>Admin Tools>Computer Management>Disk Management and enabled the second drive. But for some reason it tells me the drive needs formatted and that this will delete any files present.
Q1. Why doesn't it recognise the drive format as the drive was previously attached to the same lappy?
Q2. Is there any way to do this that doesn't involve reformatting and losing the files?
Q3. I was assuming that if my SSD ever failed, I could simply put the original HDD back in and boot from this instead. Was that woefully optimistic on my behalf or is this possible?
Q4. It just occurred to me that I used the system backup and backed up the original HDD to an external HDD a while back. Would it be simpler to reformat the internal HDD and then use the external HDD backup files to reimage the internal?
das_stig - I know you were trying to be helpful and appreciate the very detailed answer. But you also kinda fully missed the question I was asking. Don't remember exact method for 'cloning' the SSD but followed guides at the time and it's worked fine for around 9 months. Recall having to do something ore other with TRIM for best performance.
JackNaylorPE / anyone,
How do I check the BIOS settings and what am I looking for there? Will it be obvious what I need to change?
Sorry, we are at the outer limits of my tech know-how here.