Hey there, newbcake!
I'm sorry to hear about your issues with the WD HDD.
I'd suggest you to try connecting it with a different SATA cable and check your motherboard/laptop manufacturer if you have the latest SATA drivers for your model. Hopefully this will resolve the issue.
However, if it persists, I'd recommend testing the WD drive on another computer (if you can get your hands on another one) and see how the HDD will be detected there.
Keep me posted!