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2.0 out of 5 stars Might have been good if it had worked, 23 May 2013
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This review is from: WD 1TB Desktop SATA Hard Drive - Caviar Blue (Personal Computers)
I think I got a faulty drive, my system could not recognise it at all could not even see that it existed.

Having said that, Amazon were v good with the return and refund, especially as I live in Ireland so it becomes "international" when returning anything at that point!

I did contact Western Digital customer services and although they were helpful to a point, the information they gave contradicted the information on the WD Website with regards to the drive. I even watched the installation video on the website - I can promise you, it didn't work for me :)

After 2 days of trying to install, I gave up and ordered an external Seagate with twice the storage for only an extra £9, it worked within 3 seconds of plugging it in.....
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Initial post: 21 Dec 2013 16:46:38 GMT
Internal hard drives require setting up, you have to partition and format the HDD before it can be used and seen in windows/linux.

In reply to an earlier post on 5 Mar 2014 14:47:12 GMT
Last edited by the author on 5 Mar 2014 15:12:19 GMT
Lee Williams says:
To further add onto AGM's post: most hard drives, whether external or internal will require formatting prior to use.

[!] TO CHECK IT'S DETECTED - CHANGE YOUR BIOS/EUFI SETTINGS TO **NOT** SHOW FULL SCREEN AT BOOT: YOU CAN THEN SEE HOW MANY SATA DRIVES YOU HAVE! [!]
[!] ALTERNATE CHECK - USE BIOS SATA DEVICE LIST (in menus) TO CHECK YOUR HDD IS DETECTED [!]
[!] IF IT'S NOT DETECTED - CHECK ALL YOUR CABLES ARE PLUGGED IN PROPERLY BEFORE ASSUMING A DRIVE FAULT [!]

If your drive is showing up at boot, but not in windows/linux itself:

WINDOWS (vista/7):
1 - Open Start Menu.
2 - Type "Partition" in the search bar and select "Create and format hard drive partitions".
3 - On the hard drive which has a large black "empty/unallocated" bar (all the others should be blue) : right click -> Format -> NTFS -> Byte allocation:
Use 8192 (or higher) *IF you're using this drive ONLY for large files!* (see bottom)
Else, the standard 4096
4 - Select Next and your brand new shiny drive will be available for use once the format is complete.

LINUX: (sorry I can't be more precise, I don't have any current installation)
1 - If not already, install GParted
2 - Open GParted
3 - Find your new drive (using name & size if needed: it should also like windows be a large blank bar)
4 - Select "create new partition" using appropriate byte allocations and settings
5 - "Apply" and wait.

--
Small byte allocation (eg: 4096 and below):
[------------Allocated space-----------][------------Allocated space-----------]
[File A----][------Empty Space---------][----------------File B-------------]
[------------Allocated space-----------][------------Allocated space-----------][------------Allocated space-----------][------------Allocated space-----------]
[File C -------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------->][-------Empty Space-------]

Pros : Saves empty space
Cons: Slower read/write for larger files.

Large byte allocation (eg: 8192 and above):
[----------------------------------Allocated space---------------------------------][----------------------------------Allocated space---------------------------------]
[File A----][------Empty Space---------------------------------------------------- ][----------------File B-------------][------Empty Space--------------------------- ]
[----------------------------------Allocated space---------------------------------][----------------------------------Allocated space---------------------------------]
[File C--------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------][Empty-]

Pros : better performance for larger files.
Cons: not space efficient for small files.

PS, sorry the [ and ] don't line up properly, they do in the editor :/
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