Initial install of WD30EZRX went fine. Created two 1397 Gb GTB partitions and moved some data to one of the partitions. The empty partition went RAW. I deleted the RAW partition in Disk Management and then was not able to see any unallocated disk space. I moved the data off the other partition and deleted this partition. Windows 7 only sees 746 Gb of unallocated disk space now. I tried a “clean all” under diskpart and no change. Have tried numerous partition recover utilities with no luck. HELP!
windows has horrible formatting and partitioning capabilities, so I don’t trust it one bit. Please grab a liveCD of GParted (100% freeware) and try formatting it through said software.
This is probably due to GPT vs MBR. Use GPT (not the default MBR option) when creating the partitions on a 3TB in Win7.
Do a quick erase on the drive in WD Lifeguard and initialize it again in Win7, but as GPT.
My mistake, I meant to say I partitioned this drive as a GTP partition.
Holy **bleep** Batman! My disk controller drivers are out of date! Before posting on this community, I had purchased System Mechanic Pro v11 and it supposedly checks for out of date drivers. Anyway… I am currently updating the NVIDIA controller drivers. This actually came about via Western Digital’s Acronis TrueImage app. The LifeGuard App only reported the drive as ok and that it’s capacity is 3 Tb. Regardless, thank you all for your suggestions. I’ll post an update as soon as the driver update is complete.
SOLVED! The Acronis TrueImage App recommended I either update my drivers via NVIDIA or through Microsoft. Upon selecting Microsoft, I was presented with a couple apps called DriverUpdate & FixCleaner by Slimware Utilities. Both apps will provide limited functionality for free but one can get full access by purchasing a licence. After running both apps with a full licence for both, all drivers were successfully updated and Acronis TrueImage was then able two recognize the whole 3 Tb and I subsequently created two 1.36 Tb GTP partitions.
Thanks again everyone! Your suggestions helped me arrive at my solution.