Curious that you mention that case. I have the same case here. Let me add that I have tested this hard drive since 11.10 all the way to 13.04 right now. Keep on reading to see everything the hard drive has gone through with the no problems at all.
To start, doing
sudo fdisk -l brings me the following:
Disk /dev/sdd: 1000.2 GB, 1000204886016 bytes
255 heads, 63 sectors/track, 121601 cylinders, total 1953525168 sectors
Units = sectors of 1 * 512 = 512 bytes
Sector size (logical/physical): 512 bytes / 512 bytes
I/O size (minimum/optimal): 512 bytes / 512 bytes
Disk identifier: 0x00000000
Disk /dev/sdd doesn't contain a valid partition table
Now, I have used this drive internally and in an USB External enclosure. It works perfectly and is detected correctly with no problems in other Ubuntu systems. Note that I am talking about working correctly for any general intent and purpose (files, movies, text, music, etc.. ). In it I have many movies and tv series. I even ran Disk Utility on it and got the following:
Now here is the only problem I have found. When checking the Drive with Gparted I get the following message for it:
And even though it looks like an "OMG ITS GOING TO DIE!!", it has been like that for little over a year. Which means, it lasted the use I gave it on Ubuntu 11.10, 12.04, 12.10 and right now 13.04.
I can actually run
fsck on it and it would say everything is perfect.
I can even check how it is mounted using
mount. When I mount the unit using the Nautilus file manager it shows like this:
/dev/sdd on /media/cyrex/stuff type ext4 (rw,nosuid,nodev,uhelper=udisks2)
So with a year of a lot of copying, pasting, deleting, executing stuff from it, changing it from one PC to the next and basically doing anything to it, it still works, the data is safe and I love Linux. I also invite you to read this question which should set your mind at ease.
Additional Information regarding Gparted (Thanks to chaskes)
As an aside, the error messages from gparted just mean what you already know: there's no partition table. When providing information, gparted calls programs in e2fsprogs (if installed). These programs require the device name to be passed in. The problem is that gparted is a partition editor. When it sees /dev/sdd by itself in /proc/partitions, it assumes there must really be a partition 1 and passes /dev/sdd1. (Note the path gparted reports.) e2fsprogs can't find the superblock since the device name it has been given doesn't exist. But, if you run the e2fsprogs from the cmd line using the actual device name /dev/sdd, they work fine. In other words, despite the anxiety the gparted errors may cause, the filesystem and it's superblock are just fine.