Formatting a hard drive
Can anyone who understands Western Digital HDD's and Windows Vista tell my why my Caviar Green 1.5 TB drive will only make two 500 gig partitions, and the remaining volume will not format?
All ESD procedures followed.
This is the second drive to fail like this. I returned the previous drive last night. And immediatlely the second drive has failed.
I initialized the drive following the steps on the WD site.
I followed the formatting steps at same site. Using the sites diagnostic tool I downloaded and trying to run a test, and the test works for about 30 seconds, and then the time ticker predicts something like millions of hours to complete.
I do not expect the mathematical improbability that two drives can have the same exact failure. I need real advice, and or help from people who really understand these things.
I do not wanna spend money for some geek squad know-nothing to tell me the power supply isn't providing enough power, I should just get a new computer, or whatever no effort spend more money solutions they dispatch because they don't know the answer.
I'm really hoping the vast and knowledgable folks here at no grip can tell me what I'm doing wrong, or not doing at all. I don't know enough about computers to know what I don't know, or what I should be doing. Hard drives are supposed to be plug and play, and the last two were just that. All of a sudden, hard drives are complicated? And don't want to format. Whatever.
If I have to take this drive back, I'm going to be extremely displeased as I don't feel like playing the which brand makes a functional peice of garbage this week game.
Anyway, ranting aside, this all feels like something I'm not doing, or something my PC is doing which is mucking up the process. Like I said, it's virtually impossible for two drives to have the exact same problem. Either this drive just isn't compatible....completely, or something is happening that I don't understand.