I’ve read a lot on this forum and I’m not sure if a similar issue was already handled. Please forgive me if so.
I’ve bought a WD30EZRX drive. Under windows, everything works fine, I can create a format partitions, read and write. But something caught my attention. When creating my partitions, I saw that the free (unallocated) space on the drive was 4 739 753 992.00Go which is just wow :D. Has somebody already experienced such a case ?
That would’nt be a problem if I could use it with other devices such like Pop-corn hour (PCH) A-400 but I can’t. The PCH server log tought me that the disk was too big. There began my journey… I investigated with gdisk and parted under linux and saw that my GPT was broken. Everytime i tried to delete and recreate it, I had the same “broken” token. I therefore used the WD Lifeguard Diagnostics utility (Windows) but it could’nt access the SMART data (I’ve also tried with a linux utily and could’t access SMART data on a same fashion). I’ve finally filled up the drive with zeroes and recreated a partition of 2,8To on it + set the drive with a GPT using windows drive handler. Now the drive is detected by the PCH but for only 2 seconds before vanishing and being detected again endlessly.
I know it’s a kind complicated case but does it ring any bell to anybody ? I guess plenty of yours will say that the problem comes with the recent PCH and they will probably be right. Anyway the huge size and the hasardous handle of the partition table are not linked to any 3rd-party device.
According to you, should I send the drive back ? My drive is quite “old” now since I’ve bought it a year ago. Was there any firmware update in the mean time ? May it solve anything ? Where can i access it? (I did’nt find any on the WD30EZRX page of the WD website).
Thanks in advance & BR,
Edit : I use the drive as a external “cartridge” on a USB3.0 dock.