This is an odd one.
I originally purchased this drive for external storage on my Synology DS212j. It was successfully formatted with, I believe, EXT3. The My Passport worked perfectly and stored over 1 1/2 TB of data for two months.
The problem began when I decided to re-purpose this drive as a NTFS external drive on my personal computer. I was able to wipe out the EXT3 partition, create a new partition… the first time, I was able to format it as NTFS. Unfortunately, after writing data to it for a while, it began to choke up and actually appeared to lock up File Explorer. I tried to re-format it but I now get a format failure.
But according to Western Digital’s Data LifeGuard Tools, there are no faults found with this 2TB drive. SMART status passes and every test is a success (even the last option, wipe works).
I’m at a loss, I have never encountered a problem like this before.
Can I buy a clue?
WD part number: WDBY8L0020BBK-01 0114B
Purchase date: ~ June 2013
Under 100 hours of usage.