3 TB drives keep showing up as RAW in Windows 7

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imekul

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I have a 3 TB Seagate Barracuda SATA drive, and seemingly out of nowhere it is showing up as a RAW partition within Disk Management on Windows 7.

A bit of history:

The drive seemed to work fine, being housed in a Thermaltake BlacX Duet dock, connected via USB to a Windows 7 computer. We just noticed that one day (possibly after rebooting Windows), the drive shows up as RAW, and we get the message "You need to format the disk in drive K:"

Fortunately, the data on this drive is not crucial, and what concerns me is this has happened on at least one or two other 3 TB Seagate drives in the same dock over the past few weeks.

As far as I know, the drives are not being abused in any way -- meaning they're not being physically moved around, the docks aren't being improperly shut off or disconnected, or anything like that.

I believe all the drives were formatted with a quick format within Windows, using GPT to allow all 3 TB to be used.

So the main thing I'm trying to figure out is why this is happening. Any tips on where else to look or any possible insight on what could be going on here? Could it possibly be the dock? It's random enough where it seems like it might be hard to isolate it / reproduce it / know when it's solved.

Would appreciate any thoughts!
 
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