My father just got a new laptop with windows 8. I have a 60GB WD HDD with files like I'd like to give him (pictures, his work software which I backed up for him, etc.). For whatever reason, it reads the drive, and the drive shows up in the device manager, but it doesn't allow me to open the actual drive and access the files in it.
The drive is not initialized, but when I attempt to initialize it by right clicking the drive, the "initialize" option is inactive. Also, when I first open the device manager, it selects the drive and asks me to choose a partition style. It offers two style types: MBR (master boot record) and GPT (GUID partition table). No matter which one I pick, it tells me "invalid option." I have no idea if the drive needs to be formatted, and either way, it doesn't give me the option.
There must be a driver issue with the drive - and that is why your father's laptop isn't recognizing it properly. If you can't resolve the issue, it may be easier to connect via network, and share the folders to copy the files.