I have a new 4TB drive, which I want to use as an external drive with my laptop (Windows 7 ultimate, 64-bit).
From all that I can read, my Windows version should support it, but I can't find anything about using it as an external drive (not that I think that should make any difference, but ...).
When I go to Disk Management on my laptop, I am told that I must initialize the disk. I choose to do so as GPT because that will support > 2TB and MBR will not. I get an error "The device is not ready" and the disk is shown as "not initialized".
However, if I insert the disk into a desktop as an internal drive then I can create a 4TB partition. I can copy a text file to that, edit it, rename it, delete it.
If I remove the disk from the desktop and connect it externally to the laptop, I get the same problem - disk not initialized / device not ready.
So, I put the disk back into the desktop and see the 4TB partition with its single lonely text file. Hmmm. I repatriation the disk to have 2 partitions each a little less than 2TB - presumably at least the first of these would be visible on the laptop, if not both?
Nope, same problem: when I connect it externally to the laptop, I get the same problem - disk not initialized / device not ready.
I have googled extensively, but can find not help. Hopefully someone here knows better ...
[Update] @Karan (+1) Did you just buy a bare drive and pop it into an enclosure? If so the enclosure might very well be to blame for this.
gronostaj, thanks fpr the suggestion. I can't initialize it as MBR either - "the device is not ready"
Yes, I did. Can you explain how I might be able to use this drive?