Windows 8 disk.sys not finding WD Caviar Green WD10EARS and WD20EARS as of november 28,2012. Windows 8 gives preference to SSD drives to the point now that WD’s excellent devices above are kicked out.
Hook up the drives in their previously working positions and Device Manager finds them, but Disk Management sows only SSD drives.
Microsoft is EXTREMELY VAGUE about why. One support tech casually suggested to wait for next release: January 2013 Windows 8 will start supporting this drive again? “Maybe,” says Microsoft, and no explanation of any kind.
Anyone know why and how Microsoft is dumping on Western Digital? Does anyone know of a way to force Windows 8 to read WD’s Green PC AT SATA IDE drives? Is WD withholding needed drivers from MS?
(all 3 questions are critical, that last question is most important since MS is too quick to blame everyone else for failed driver support as MS falls behind publishing catalogs)