Hard Drive Utilities

March 3, 2006

It’s easy to dismiss them, but manufacturers of hard drives often ship copies of their diagnostic and repair programs with retail hard drives. Western Digital has its Data Lifeguard and Seagate has its SeaTools. But no matter if you’re a hard core tech or a timid end-user, these tools can help you setup and fix an ailing hard drive quickly and easily.

Western Digital, Maxtor, Seagate and other manufacturers have made it easy to copy your hard drive to a new retail drive with boot disks either shipped with the hdd or downloaded via their website. But a lot of computer users do not realize the benefits of having these disks on hand in the event of an emergency.  These small files could save you when things go bad.

Western Digital Hard Drive Utility

Western Digital provides a hard disk utility called Data Lifeguard.  The Data Lifeguard program allows users to setup and copy data to their new hard disk.  I can perform repairs, diagnostics and identification on WD hard drives via a program you download and write to floppy.  Get it here.


MaxBlast is Maxtor’s hard disk utility.  MaxBlast 4 is a ATA/IDE hard drive installation utility that makes hdd installations and upgrades easy for beginners and pros alike.  It can automatically identify, partitioning, and format Maxtor ATA or SATA hard drives.
Get it here.


Seagate uses SeaTools Desktop Edition to diagnose and repair hard disk problems.  This program is made into a bootable floppy or .iso and used to repair Seagate hdd issues.
Get it here.

No matter which hard drive you own, manufacturers provide these useful diagnostic and repair tools to help the end-user perform minor repairs on their hardware.  Probably their most important feature is copying the contents of one hard drive to another.  While there are third-party solutions for this, it’s nice that the manufacturer helps make this experience pleasant and efficient.

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