I have a brand new My Book 4TB. I wanted to attach this drive to my ASUS N66U router and the preferred format on it is ext3/ext2. I tried formatting the drive with ext3/ext2 but no success with this. I’ve tried both using a Linux Mint 16 laptop and a computer booted with latest Gparted live image, but creating the ext partitions have always failed (always with an error that contains “Attempt to read block from filesystem resulted in short read”). I have tried to create single partition for whole disk (4TB) and to split disk into two equally sized partitions (2TB). I tried both with MBR and with GPT. The mkfs command resulted every time in the mentioned error. I have googled and ext3 should able to support such large partitions, so seems there is some issue with the WD drive. The drive can be formatted with NTFS with a single partition for the whole drive.
Has anyone succesfully formatted their My Book with ext3 or ext2?