I have a 4 TB Barracuda XT that was produced before the move to Advanced Format. It’s physical sector size is 512 bytes and windows correctly sees this as an internal drive, but in this external enclosure the drive is being interpreted as a 4k drive. I bought this drive specifically because it said that it supports drives larger than 3 TB, but it won’t see the data created when running it as an internal drive. As far as the drive is concerned it’s blank. Unfortunately, the only other external drive enclosure I used could only see one of the two partitions (only 1.6 TB).
I know I could backup the data and reformat, but I actually need this drive to be interpreted as a as 512 byte sector size hdd because of specific legacy hardware that is hard coded to require 512 bytes that I need to continue using. It’s just that no one ever advertises that they force all 512 byte drives to become 4k drives when they sell products and I am at my wits end trying to figure out what I can do about this.
Before I return this product, is there any way to force it to see a 512 byte drive without presenting it as a 4k drive to the operating system? Or if not, do you sell any enclosures at all that will support 4 TB drives and will also see both the 2 TB partition and the 1.6 TB partition and also present it to the operating system as a 512 byte drive?