The Caviar SE16 WD4000KD Serial ATA hard drive was accompanied by a
Western Digital Data Lifeguard Tools CD. The software is available for download
via WD's website so anyone can get the same software
The SecureConnect Cable
For many novice users, a hard drive upgrade is one of
the first upgrades. It can be a complex undertaking, but with the right
guidance isn't too difficult. Western Digital's packs in an Installation guide with the Lifeguard Tools CD which is easy to understand, and detailed. Illustrations clearly guide users along with all the installation steps and cable hook ups.
The Western Digital Lifeguard Tools works in Windows or DOS mode, and most options will require a reboot into DOS mode before the program can truly function. The "View Installation Tutorial" runs through physically installing an IDE or Serial ATA hard drive step by step, it has lots of pictures to help illustrate the steps. The "Set Up Your Hard Drive" option allows users to partition and format the HDD directly from the console. You do not need a WD hard disk to run through this, and non WD drives can be used with this utility.
The "Maintenance Options" allow users to
update, backup or restore the hard drives master boot record. This is a very
useful feature since if the boot record is lost, the data on the hard drive is
pretty much toast (also see PCSTATS guide to hard
drive data recovery for other options).
In the "Utilities" section users can clone
partitions and entire drives. This is useful for anyone who wants to replace an existing hard drive with the operating system, with something larger. Finally in the "Hard Drive Information" section, users can get technical information on the hard drive; like number of heads, cylinders, etc.
From hardware installation to partitioning and
formatting the hard drive, Western Digital does make things easier for end users
by providing such software tools. The diagnostics tools are easily the most
useful feature of the bunch, and can help diagnose problems if one suspects a hard drive is about to fail.
|PCStats Test System Specs:|
AMD Athlon 64 4000+
12 x 200 MHz = 2.4 GHz
Asus A8N-SLI Premium
2x 512MB OCZ Gold GX PC3500
Western Digital WD740 Raptor
Western Digital WD4000KD Caviar
||Aopen DVD-RW/CD-RW Combo Drive|
||PC Power & Cooling 510 SLI|
WindowsXP Build 2600
Business Winstone 2004
SiSoft Sandra 2005