I just purchased a WD10EALS 1TB SATA II HDD to be used as a storage drive in my system. I had intended to break it into two partitons. One being 500GB and the other consisting of the remaining space.
The HDD is properly recognized in the BIOS. Windows 7 64 properly indentifies the drive. I can get as far as sucessfully creating the partitions. It is when I go to format that I seem to run into a problem. I seem to be unable to get the drive to format. (NTFS - default)
I tried it in my intended (500GB / remaining space) configuration. I tried smaller 300GB partitions. I tried with just one full partition. I swapped out cables just to eliminate that as a possibility.
I then downloaded Data Lifeguard and started the quick test, and the test failed with a “Status Code = 7”. Well, I had other work that needed to be done so I just pulled the drive and was going to RMA it back to Newegg.
However, in my haste and neglecting to make full note of the Lifeguard error. I have decided to give it one more try before I send it back. Before I pop it back in my system, I figured I would ask here if anyone else has had this problem or had any ideas I can give a try.
I have been using WD HDD’s since the DOS days and this is honestly the first one I have ever had any issues with as a new product. Since I normally do not buy HDD’s over 640GB, this being the first 1TB drive I have purchased for myself, I figured there may be something I simply am not aware of.
The basic system hardware is as follows.
ASUS M4A77TD Pro AM3 Motherboard (BIOS fully up to date)
AMD Phenom II X6 1090T
1 ASUS Optical DVD Multi Lightscribe Drive. (SATA)
1 120GB IDE WD Drive
3 WD Caviar Black 640GB (SATA)
8GB A-Data 1600G Gaming Series DDR3
Cougar PowerX 700 Watt PSU
Windows 7 Ultimate 64 (Fully up to date)
Any and all input is welcome and appreciated. Sorry for any typos, very long day.