I'm having a problem with a friend's old external hard drive. The hard drive (1.5TB WD Caviar Green) isn't detected by any computer regardless of the OS installed.
So I disassembled the hard drive from the external case and plugged into my PC (I had to remove my normal hard drive in order to do so). I then tried to install Puppy Linux, which didn't work, because of some problems partitioning the drive (something like
Error writing to /dev/sdb: Input/output error or similar).
That's why I decided to give the Gparted live disk a try, which didn't detect the hard drive at all.
Later on I burned an Ubuntu 13.04 64-bit installation DVD and tried to install it, creating only Read/Write errors similar to those I got when trying to install Puppy Linux.
Then I decided to just launch Ubuntu as a live CD and ran Gparted again, which surprisingly detected the hard drive, but failed to partition it, because of a missing partition table. Unfortunately neither Gparted nor the Disk Utility were able to create it.
Do I have a chance to create this partition table and partition the drive, or is it just broken?