I’m trying to recycle a WD3200JS I pulled out of a DVR (legally; I hate throwing things away so I wanna reuse it).
I cannot get it to spin up and be recognized by any operating system. If I stick it back in the almost dead DVR, it will take a bit , but spins up and works. If, while still in there, I pull the data cable and attach a USB/Serial dongle, and then put it in my laptop, it is recognized. I’ve then erased using various tools, reformatted in varioius ways in Linux, Mac OS and Windows, but as soon as it powers down it won’t start up again until back home in the DVR.
I tried use hdparm and setting the start in standby parameter to 0, and spin down to 0, but I get errors and it doesn’t appear this get written to the drive.
I suspect there’s either some sort of firmware lock, or something about the cabling in the DVR that’s different. No jumpers are attached to the drive.
Ideas? I’m stumped. And before I drill holes in it and chuck it I’d like to try everything.