G-Drive, 2TB, Brand new, read-only mode

I recently bought a 2TB GDrive for my weekly backups. It is connected to a Lenovo ideapad laptop running Ubuntu LTS 14.04 linux.

This drive refuses to accept any file writes due to read-only status. I can’t find any way to resolve this issue - even formatting the drive fails.

This is a brand-new drive. Suggestions?

The drive is pre-formatted for a Mac. You’ll have to remove the partitions from the drive and reformat it. However we have no Linux support.