Bought a WD Re 4TB 3.5" HD to use as an internal boot disk in an iMac 27" mid 2011. I have seen nothing online indicating that shouldn't work. iMac does not ask for any firmware/EFI updates so seem to be fully up to date in that regard. The WD drive is formatted with GUID and split into two volumes. But when the iMac starts with the new hard drive (cloned from the old with the newest version of Carbon Copy Cloner) internally mounted, there is just the blinking folder with question mark. If I then boot from a USB stick with the drive still inside, the iMac will say that it doesn't recognise the disk. If I open Disk Utility and select the WD disk, it will be listed as having a Master Boot Record partition scheme.
If I take it out, mount it in an external enclosure and connect to same iMac over USB, it works fine, and can even be booted from.
As can be seen, when used externally is is correctly listed with a GUID partition map.
To recap: Works fine externally, can be booted from over USB. Does not work internally on SATA, is listed with wrong partition map type.
Here's a listing of disks with it mounted on my laptop:
LarsMacBook:~ larsgu$ diskutil list /dev/disk0 (internal, physical): #: TYPE NAME SIZE IDENTIFIER 0: GUID_partition_scheme *500.3 GB disk0 1: EFI EFI 209.7 MB disk0s1 2: Apple_CoreStorage Macintosh HD 499.4 GB disk0s2 3: Apple_Boot Recovery HD 650.0 MB disk0s3 /dev/disk1 (internal, virtual): #: TYPE NAME SIZE IDENTIFIER 0: LarsMacBook HD +499.1 GB disk1 Logical Volume on disk0s2 3E6BC282-2AA4-46CE-BBBC-FC9BC7DCAC9D Unlocked Encrypted /dev/disk2 (disk image): #: TYPE NAME SIZE IDENTIFIER 0: Apple_partition_scheme +19.8 MB disk2 1: Apple_partition_map 32.3 KB disk2s1 2: Apple_HFS Flash Player 19.7 MB disk2s2 /dev/disk3 (external, physical): #: TYPE NAME SIZE IDENTIFIER 0: GUID_partition_scheme *4.0 TB disk3 1: EFI EFI 314.6 MB disk3s1 2: Apple_HFS Mac HD 1.8 TB disk3s2 3: Apple_Boot Recovery HD 650.0 MB disk3s3 4: Apple_HFS Mac HD 2 2.2 TB disk3s4
I can't see anything weird. Anywhere really, and I've run out of ideas. Hope somebody knows.
PS. For some reason, I can't boot into verbose mode on the iMac. But I have tried resetting PRAM/NVRAM without any difference.