So yet another WD My Passport is causing me problems. One day it worked fine, the next day it didn't.
When I connect it, it appears as drive E: (like it normally does), but when I try to access the drive, regardless of through which program, the program freezes ("not responding"). For example:
* It appears in file explorer as drive E. If I click on E:, file explorer stops responding. As soon as I disconnect the drive, file explorer unfreezes.
* If I run diskpart from command prompt while the external hdd is connected, diskpart freezes.
* The above described problems happens in Windows 7. I tried in Vista also, then the whole computer (the desktop) freezes upon connecting the drive. When disconnected, everything unfreezes.
I have tried different USB ports / cables, no difference.
The drive does not make any weird or unhealthy sounds.
I don't care about the files on the drive, but I would like to format the drive and see if it can be used for anything else. I have had other WD drives that got corrupt and I was able to format them and use them. But I can't format this. When I right click and choose "Format", nothing happens.
Sometimes the drive won't even appear as E: upon connected, simply nothing happens. When I disconnect it, immediately a dialog box popups saying drive E: is not formatted, you need for format it before you can use it (doesn't appears until AFTER i disconnect the drive!).
WD support are unable to help me.
Any suggestions how to force format this drive? Why is it freezing if it's not a mechanical / hardware error?