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3.0 out of 5 stars Good Drive but Beware the Advanced Formatting, 17 April 2012
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I purchased this drive as a replacement for a failing drive in my Toshiba laptop. Needless to say the new drive fitted perfectly but then I found that my Backup/Restore software would not recognise it. To cut a long story short I managed to initialise/format the drive on a second laptop but my backup/restore software would still not recognise the new drive. I tried a clean install which took absolutely hours to complete only to find that the system ran so slowly as to be unuseable. Further research revealed that this drive (model WD3200BPVT) uses advanced formatting and the Western Digital website carries a set of utilities which can be downloaded to adjust the formatting to make it compatible with older systems/PCs. Unfortunately the utilities are provided by Acronis and I just happen to be using a copy of True Image Home 10. The downloaded utility completely trashed my existing installation of Acronis and still would not recognise the new drive properly. Eventually I returned the new drive for a refund and purchased the non-advanced version (model WD3200BEVT. This fitted perfectly and I restored my system in less than two hours. The moral of this tale is to be very wary of the new advanced formatting on hard drives unless you are certain that they will be compatible with your system.
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Initial post: 7 Jun 2012, 15:15:38 BST
Sarasa says:
Very useful review. Mr Griffiths has done me a great favour as I could have incorrectly ordered the drive with the advanced formatting. I also use Acronis True Image Home.

Posted on 7 May 2013, 19:50:05 BST
Lord Jock says:
Im glad I took the time to read that . Thanks Mate .

Posted on 3 Oct 2013, 13:14:58 BST
This drive is not advanced formatted .

Posted on 9 May 2014, 03:18:01 BST
Last edited by the author on 9 May 2014, 03:19:45 BST
Ben says:
The trick to formatting this is that it's best done from an external harddrive caddy. Go to "control panel, system and security, administrative tools, computer management, disc management" to format it through that. Once formatted into NTFS format and assigned it a letter, to also (make it active.) (((Easily overlooked))) and kind of complicated, took me a while to get it right, once that is done, only then you should see it act the way as you would see when inputting a flash storage device into your USB. Disconnect from the caddy and put it in your laptop, it should recognise then and for to formatted again according to restore instructions
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