Acronis can't see the WD drive, will not install

I bought a new WD Blue to replace the hard drive on my Asus laptop, running Win10. I have the SSD drive running in a case plugged into the USB port. I can see it, and read and write to the SSD drive.
I down loaded the Acronis software from the WD site. When it runs to do the install, it says no WD drive present. I’ve even run the install on the WD SSD drive. Directs me to the Acronis site to buy the software.
any suggestions ?

It might be that the USB case is masking the identity of the WD installed in it. You might want to try Macrium Reflect Free. It won’t care about the USB adapter disguising your drive.

thanks for your reply. I’ll give that a try, sounds very likely the problem.

Many users reports that Acronis True Image WD Edition not clone WD drives and receives “Acronis True Image WD Edition Installation Restricted - This product edition requires at least one Western Digital drive to be installed in your system" message. That’s might because your WD SSD is connected via a USB cable so it cannot be found by the software. To solve this, you can contact WD support to download a special .exe file. Then run the .exe file 3-4 times. After that, run the Acronis install file again and it will find the WD drive and allow you to proceed.