WD provides the QuickFormatter tool for use with USB drives as the 3TB MyBook Essential. It allows to apply so-called “factory defaults” which set up a GPT partition table and reduce logical sector size from 4kb to 512b. 4k logical sector size is a hack to use MBR for large drives but introduces compatibility issues with Windows 7. MS considers them unsupported and not working properly for Windows versions older than Windows 8.
I wonder how that change is achieved by WD QuickFormatter: Is it a solution proprietary to WD? Does it include a reconfiguration of the USB-SATA-Adapter inside the enclosure?
The reason I’m asking is that I unfortunately got an external 3TB drive from another drive manufacturer and now have drive not serving its purposes.