EaseUS fixed the unallocated issue

August 27, 2013

In Windows 7 "Disk Management," "New simple volume" was greyed out when I tried to create a partition in an unallocated space on a drive. Actually, I wanted just one partition total, but I'd given up on that. But how to create a volume when it's greyed out?

I googled it and found advice to use the free utility called EaseUS Partition Master. And the person in the forum I found had his problem solved. I didn't.

I thought the drive was bad.

After a wee drink or two, I stared down EaseUS again, and noticed that it was queing my requests and calling them "pending." I had noticed that earlier, but erroneously thought they were pending because maybe the disk was bad.

Wrongo. There's a gotcha in EaseUS for smooth-brained persons like me -- You have to click "apply" once you've queued up all your pending requests.

So I deleted the dozen or so idiotic desperate requests I had made, and just asked for one thing -- to create a new partition.

And it worked. And I was able to get one partition for the entire drive. Color me stupid.

AcomData Samba USB 3.0 3.5-Inch SATA Hard Drive Enclosure does not support a 3TB drive

August 27, 2013

I recently refurbished a 3 TB Western Digital Caviar Green drive, and planned to put it in an enclosure. I bought the AcomData Samba USB 3.0 3.5-Inch SATA Hard Drive Enclosure SMBXXXU3E-BLK from an Amazon Marketplace seller.

The drive, when hooked to my Windows 7 computer with a Sabrent SATA USB 3.0 adapter, works fine.

But when I put it in my new AcomData enclosure, it failed.

Here were the symptoms:
1. Couldn't see the drive in "my computer"
2. I could see the drive in "disk management," but it threw this message: "You must initialize a disk before logical disk manager can access it."

After two hours of googling, I threw up my hands and arranged a return through Amazon Marketplace. 

In response to my request for an RMA, the Marketplace seller called me to find out what the problem is, and his first suggestion was to try a lower capacity drive. Sure enough, when I tried a 750 GB drive, it worked.

He said, "I've seen this before." It's too bad I didn't contact him sooner, as the googling had only led to "your drive is bad" which it wasn't. Curious that the seller knew right away what the problem was. Maybe he should advertise the fact that his costly enclosure doesn't support 3 TB? I later found a cheaper enclosure from Amazon.com proper, that does work with 3 TB.

Also curious that this enclosure specifically stated that it supports USB 3.0. For that reason,  I never dreamed it would be so back-level in terms of the capactiy of the hard drive it would support.

I wanted my return shipping fees covered, but the seller rightly pointed out he's not the manufacturer, he's only the seller, so it's kinda my problem that the product doesn't do what I need. However, being an eager seller who wants a high rating, he offered a discount for my troubles, so I'm keeping the device. And I'm still waiting for the promised 10 percent refund, but I'm sure it will come.

And I've ordered two of the better enclosures, as I actually have two 3 TB drives leftover from a crashed Buffalo linkstation which neither I nor Buffalo could fix, yet the actual drives are still good. That's how all this started to begin with. Two perfectly good 3 TB drives.

The new ones are Mediasonic. See the link above.