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Utilities for installing or optimizing HGST HDDs

Analyze, Monitor and Restore Your Drive
Utilities for analyzing, monitoring and restoring HGST HDDs

Additional productivity tools for OEMs, resellers and system integrators are available through HGST's Partners First Program.


Feature Tool

Version 2.15

The Feature Tool is a DOS-bootable tool for changing various ATA features. It can modify certain features of our Deskstar and Travelstar high-performance ATA hard disk drives and supports 48-bit addressing for new, large-capacity drives.

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Notes

  • Does not support Travelstar 8E, 10E, or C4Kxx series HDDs, or drives mounted in external enclosures.
  • Does not support the PC which loads Intel ICH9M chipset. HGST are working to fix this situation.

Features in Version 2.13

  • Removed the function of acoustic management.

Changes ATA Drive Settings

  • Enable or disable the read-ahead or write cache.
  • Change the predefined capacity of the drive.
    - Used when BIOS limitation exists and the drive is not recognized.
  • Switch the Ultra DMA mode.
  • Change advanced power mode.
    - Switch between lowest and highest power consumption (maximum performance level).
  • Configure SATA interface.
    - Adjust maximum speed and enable/disable spread spectrum clocking.

    Warning! Switching your drive to support 3.0Gb/s, or enabling spread spectrum clocking and then using it, may render your drive unusable in a system that cannot support these functions. If in doubt, please contact your system manufacturer.

Shows Drive Temperature

  • Displays temperature in Celsius and Fahrenheit.

Disk Manager

Disk Manager by Ontrack is no longer available for download because Windows XP and 2000 operating systems do not require it. For more information, visit the Ontrack Data Recovery web site.

Windows 9.x users, consult our guides on simple installation and partitioning and formatting. If you need assistance, contact Support.


Drive Fitness Test

Version 4.16

The Drive Fitness Test (DFT) quickly and reliably tests SCSI, IDE and SATA drives. The DFT analyze function performs read tests without overwriting customer data. (Note: other DFT restoration utilities may overwrite data.)

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To run the DFT, you must download the appropriate creator or image and create a self-booting media.

You may create the media under Windows (using the Windows OS version) or Linux (using the binary image), but you must start your system with the DOS-bootable diskette to run DFT.

Notes

  • Ultrastar 10K300, Ultrastar 15K73 and DK32XX users, do not use DFT — Use the OGT Diagnostic Tool.
  • Does not support Microdrive Digital Media products.
  • Supports all Travelstar HDDs, except 8E, 10E and C4K series.
  • Does not support Endurastar products.
  • Does not support external USB or Firewire attached drives.
  • Compatible only with x86-based processors.
  • Does not support the PC which loads Intel ICH9M chipset. HGST are working to fix this situation.

Features in Version 4.15

  • New Products support.

Supports Leading Drives

  • SCSI.
  • Serial ATA.
  • Parallel ATA.
  • IDE.

Analyzes Drive Fitness

  • Three modes of operation.
    - High confidence level quick test
    - Full media scan
    - Exerciser
  • Performs real-time analysis of your drive to quickly determine if problem exists.
  • Identifies system problems such as cable or temperatures.
  • Automatically logs significant drive parameters to track potential impacts to the drive operations (diskette version only).

Restores Drive Fitness

  • Erase-boot-sector utility (Use option: Erase Boot Sector).
    - Note: this utility overwrites customer data to allow repair of bad sectors.
  • Low-level format utility (Use option: Erase Disk).
    - Note: this utility overwrites customer data to allow repair of bad sectors.

Includes Utilities

  • Drive information.
  • SMART operations for supported hard disk drives.

Resources


OGT Diagnostic Tool

OGT Diagnostic Tool is a failure analysis tool for Ultrastar 10K300, Ultrastar 15K73 and DK32xx disk drives. For these drives, OGT Diagnostic Tool replaces the Drive Fitness Test.

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Notes

  • Automatically performs necessary diagnostic testing and failure analysis.
  • Windows OS-compatible only.

Ontrack Data Advisor

Ontrack Data Advisor is a self-booting diagnostic software that determines data access problems.

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Notes

  • Analyzes critical drive areas.
    - File systems
    - Boot sectors
    - Master boot record
    - Memory
  • Guides user through traditional or new remote data recovery services.

SMART Defender

SMART Defender is no longer available for download. Similar freeware and shareware programs are available online.


Power Booster

For use only with Travelstar disk drives. Use Power Booster to directly control advanced battery life extender power settings.

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Notes

  • Windows OS-compatible only.
  • Requires ATAPI 4 mobile disk drive.

Additional productivity tools for OEMs, resellers and system integrators are available through HGST's Partners First Program.