Problems Cloning HDD

I need help cloning my HDD. First, I'm not a computer expert, at all. Second, I've read through some posts and I know it is not a good idea to clone an HDD to a SSD but I need to do this quick because my laptop's HDD is acting very funny and its going to die on me.

I currently have a ST9500325AS HDD in my laptop, which according to Seagate's website, is SATA2.
The new drive that I bought is an Intel 330 SSD SATA3.
I have put the Intel SSD into an external HDD enclosure, a NexStar CX, which has a USB 2.0 connection and is compatible with SATA1&2.
I have downloaded EaseUS Todo Backup Free.

HERE ARE THE PROBLEMS
1. After plugging in the Intel SSD through the enclosure, my computer doesn't recognize it in "My Computer."

2. When I go into EaseUS, and select Disk Clone, I can't click the "Next" button - the option doesn't enable as I cannot select the "Source Disk."

Help but please keep in mind that I'm not an expert.


Figured it out - I didn't initialize the new SSD.

NEW PROBLEM
How I do I allocate the previously unallocated space - the space that I made free on the D drive? I would now like to expand the D drive on the SSD.
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  1. "How I do I allocate the previously unallocated space?"

    Create a partition (New Simple Volume) on that unallocated space, then format it:

    Control Panel > Admin Tools > Computer Management > Disk Management

    In the bottom-right panel, right-click the appropriate drive's unallocated space to perform the above operations on it.
  2. phil22 said:
    "How I do I allocate the previously unallocated space?"

    Create a partition (New Simple Volume) on that unallocated space, then format it:

    Control Panel > Admin Tools > Computer Management > Disk Management

    In the bottom-right panel, right-click the appropriate drive's unallocated space to perform the above operations on it.


    After specifying volume size, it asks to assign a Drive Letter or Path. Option one has a new letter but option 2 asks to Mount in the following empty NTFS folder - after browsing, partitions C and D are available - should I select D here?
  3. assign a drive letter which isn't already being used by another partition or storage device (Option 1).

    Do not choose option 2.
  4. But this just becomes a new partition with a different drive letter. How do I extend the D drive?

    When I the remaining space is unallocated and I right click on D, the option to Extend isn't available....
  5. Try downloading a different partition manager, there are loads on the internet for free, Windows Disk Management is somewhat limited.
  6. tecwhizz said:
    Try downloading a different partition manager, there are loads on the internet for free, Windows Disk Management is somewhat limited.


    Can you or someone else recommend one? I tried using a free version from cnet but it installed a search bar and changed the default search on all my browsers.
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