I have had this drive for 2 years now. I got it as a christmas present, but discovered the issue only after the return period was up. I am trying to use eSata connection for the fastest file transfer speeds. However, I try to split the drive into multiple partitions, and the drive dies and disconnects. Also, transferring large files also kills the drive. Does WD address this issue? I am finding this to be quite common and widespread.
I was messing around with the partition map of the hard drive. I split the drive into 4 partitions:
200mb EFI partition
1.1TB NTFS partition
298gb HFS+ partition
1mb of unallocated space.
Believe it or not, i believe leaving unallocated space is the key to solving the issue with this hard drive! I minimized the amound of unallocated space to just a mere 1MB, and now the drive works perfectly with eSata. Go figure, what a strange issue…