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nightflier

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Hard drive purchase consideration
« on: August 05, 2010, 05:30:31 pm »
Looks like Western Digital only wants the business of Windows users: http://www.zdnet.com/blog/hardware/western-digital-disk-diagnostic-tools-are-windows-only/9235
Guess that's understandable, as only a few fringe players don't use Windows. You know, like Google, Apple, Amazon.com, New York Stock Exchange, and a few others.

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Re: Hard drive purchase consideration
« Reply #1 on: August 05, 2010, 05:47:18 pm »
Does any drive manufacturer offer Linux diagnostic tools? I suspect not. However, I believe WD  and Seagate do have tools on a CD (or ISO you can burn to a CD) that boots independently of the OS on the drive.
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Re: Hard drive purchase consideration
« Reply #2 on: August 05, 2010, 06:00:08 pm »
I admit to giving in to a little sensationalist temptation here.  ;)

Most drive manufacturers release diagnostic tools that can be run from a live CD or floppy. Usually DOS-based. In WD's case, it appears they do have those kinds of tools available, except for a certain line of drives. What got me was the quote:
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We manufacture our hard drives, build our software and test them on Windows operating systems only.
Hopefully, this is just an "easy out" used by a support person to get rid of a pesky Linux user.