WESTERN DIGITAL HARD DISK DIAGNOSTICS
From the shop... If you work
with Western Digital hard disk drives you should have a copy of WD Diagnostics. I
prefer this simple DOS utility over programs like scandisk to test drives
because I think it does a better job.
The drive information may save you from having
to pop the lid on a computer and removing the drive to see the model, serial
number, etc. The Repair Drive function has saved me many times when
working with damaged drives. It did today. I use the Write Zeros
To Drive function to take WD hard disks back to "bare metal" when
the software is hopelessly screwed-up, to fix boot tracks, to remove overlapping
partitions, and to test new drives before installing software. The
Write Zeros to Drive function will destroy all data on your hard disk. You
should be sure that you have a good backup of any data you want to save before
using it. Also, to preclude any possibility of an error, I disconnect
any other drives that may be in the computer. The utility will even assist
you in completing an RMA (returned merchandise form) form for returning bad
drives still under warranty. WDDIAG works only with Western Digital
Download it from Western Digital's web site. It's
free and should be in every software toolbox.
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