Having problems formatting this drive to ntfs. when I use the disk utility it says the cylinders aren’t aligned. Whats the secret?
If there is an alignment jumper at position 7-8, remove it (it may not be functional in this model, anyway). You can use GParted to create partitions on mebibyte boundaries. These will automatically be aligned. It may be that your “disk utility” is attempting to create a non-aligned partition beginning at sector 63.