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Hardware: Western Digital Data Lifeguard Tools error codes

Posted by cascadehush on January 9, 2007

Western Digital, like many harddrive manufacturers, provide a free diagnosis program. The Western Digital Data Lifeguard Tools will either report the drive as error free, or spit out an error code, which is meaningless unless you have the Diagnostic Error Codes.

I don’t know why they can’t just put those descriptions in the program. Maybe there was a time when they didn’t want the average joe knowing the specific nature of the problem. Maybe the program had to once fit on a 180k floppy disk and the error descriptions made the code too big. Maybe they were just lazy programmers. Regardless , it would be nice for them to fix the problem. These days we are mostly booting the tool from a CDR.

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