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[SOLVED] GA-Z77X-UP5 TH and WDC WD30EZRX-00DC0B0 Failing to Format

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Hey There,

I have a 3TB WDC WD30EZRX-00DC0B0 drive connected to the the internal SATA 6Gb/s connector which I believe is hosted by the Marvell 88SE9172 chip on the motherboard. I'm running El Capitan with 10.11.3 and the drive is failing to format with Disk Utility.

Media-iMac:~ homer$ diskutil eraseDisk JHFS+ Software /dev/disk6
Started erase on disk6
Unmounting disk
Creating the partition map
Waiting for the disks to reappear
Formatting disk6s2 as Mac OS Extended (Journaled) with name Software
newfs_hfs: WriteBuffer: pwrite(3, 0x10c01a000, 1048576, 306192384):
Input/output error
newfs_hfs: write (sector 598032): Invalid argument
Mounting disk
Could not mount disk6s2 with name (null) after erase
Error: -69832: File system formatter failed


Anyone know why this may be happening?
 
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GA-Z77X-UP5 TH and WDC WD30EZRX-00DC0B0 Failing to Format

have you tried checking the disk for errors?

Yes. I pulled the drive and connected it to my Sabrent USB 3.0 to SATA/IDE converter and the drive formatted without issue using Disk Utility. the Z77X-UP5 TH motherboard includes a GSATA3 port that runs via the Marvell 88SE9172 chip. I'm betting that El Capitan 10.11.3 (15D21) has changed something as this drive used to be ok connected to the same port with previous OS X releases.
 
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GA-Z170X-UD5 TH
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i7-6700K
Graphics
Gigabyte 5700 XT (GV-R57XTGAMING OC-8GD)
Mac
  1. iMac
  2. MacBook
  3. MacBook Air
  4. MacBook Pro
  5. Mac mini
  6. Mac Pro
Classic Mac
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GA-Z77X-UP5 TH and WDC WD30EZRX-00DC0B0 Failing to Format

Closing the loop on this one. I was able to resolve this issue by swapping the questionable drive from the GSATA connector to the SATA2 connector. I've connected my Windows 10 drive (Seagate Barracuda ST32000542AS) to the GSATA connector and everything now is working fine.
 

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