I posted a question earlier about the WD Black 4 TB but no one has answered yet. There are actually two models. One is the WD4003FZEX and the other is WD4001FAEX. I take it that FZEX are the new revisions. So I would expect the latest and the grates to work the best with new products such as the new Windows 10 system. But apparently not.
I have the WD Red 4 TB for NAS, but I use it for storage in a desktop. I am in the process of backing up everything I can off of it. Previously it was barely putting out 2 MB/s continuous read speed, when it should be at least 120 MB/s. It can go faster but my hardware is old so I’m using a SATA2 controller instead of SATA3. But it worked all good on Windows 8.1 for me. Then I upgraded to Windows 10 and it did some funny “scanning and repairing” stuff at the end. I believe it means it was running a CHKDSK command on the disk. After that, my drive has not been the same.
Oh yeah… I almost forgot… the CHKDSK command… this “scanning and repairing” thing… it corrupted my only copy of a local database file in which I keep all my passwords that I have been collecting over the years. Over 200 passwords, and many other important data was in it. All gone! Only an empty 0 byte file was left in place. What’s also interesting is that every other file was OK on that same drive, all except the most important one. I know, I should have had an external backup. I had a copy, but it’s a much older version. Few days later, I managed to actually recover everything by scavenging the raw data from the disk. I was lucky this time. But I will never trust Windows 10 again. It had no business touching my storage disk as itself was being installed on a Samsung SSD disk.
I have the drive connected to another desktop PC, also running Windows 10, and it too was upgraded from Windows 8.1. As soon as I booted up I saw the warning text that Windows is preparing to run a disk scan. I wasn’t fast enough to abort it… again! Same thing happened the last time. I wish this would not kick in automatically. I would prefer to have it only scan the disk and then ask me what to do next… I think I know my computer better than Microsoft and better than Windows 10 does. I know when there is something wrong with it. I know this drive was fine before. But the drive is reading at the normal 125 MB/s speed now again in the other computer. That’s reason enough for me to celebrate. Otherwise it would take me many days to back it up completely at only 1 MB/s.
I will go back to using Windows 7 again as soon as I am done with all this agony Windows 10 is putting me through. But before I do that, I will do a long disk test, then a zero fill and then the partitioning, and then a quick format. So I have a ton of work to do thanks to Windows 10. Not to mention finally getting down to it and restoring access to my Microsoft account using the recovered password from raw disk data.
Windows 10 is… a nice idea! That’s all it will be for the coming two to three years or so until they finally come down to it and realize all the crazy changes they are pushing for with this OS. It’s only good on paper and slideshows.
If it’s a viable option for you I suggest you get rid of Windows 10. Even Windows 8, especially Windows 8.1 is much better by comparison. Windows 10 is a testing platform for Microsoft. They do the experiments and we pay the price. It’s not fair. Why use something like that if you can do better?
In your case, if you haven’t used your drive at all, and haven’t saved anything on it yet, I suggest you do an extended test on it to see if it checks out OK. You can do the test on your father’s PC if you can’t get it recognized on yours. Use the WD DLGDIAG program for Windows. If it fails the test, backup any data from it and send it back. If it checks out OK, but you can’t see it in your PC, send it back. It may not be compatible with your PC for some bizarre reason.
Do you see the drive under BIOS/UEFI? What kind of partitioning and filesystems do you use? The disk format should be GPT for volumes over 2 TB to work properly. But I would recommend using GPT on a 4 TB drive, even if you make each partition on it much less than that, like four partitions of 1 TB each. Especially if you work with a UEFI system. GPT and UEFI goes hand in hand. So it’s recommended to use GPT whenever you can for best compatibility.