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I'm going to replace a failing WD hard drive with an identical model [caviar blue 500GB], so I've been reading WD's hd installation guide. I'll be installing Mint/MEPHIS as dual-boot on this drive.
Do I need to do anything with the WD Data Lifeguard sw tools? They're for Windows+DOS with no mention of Linux. Since this drive is for Linux, I assume I should forget about these tools and just let the Mint/MEPIS install pgms do the work of formatting and partitioning? Or is there something essential I need from these Data Lifeguard Tools?
Guess I don't understand whether the sw provided with a hd is a "must-use" thing with something critical or proprietary for that hd that you can't get anywhere else.
I assume the Windows version would format the drive as fat or ntfs; don't know what the dos version would do. My plan is for ext3.
Looks like WD never refers to Linux or Linux support...anyway I want to do this new Linux dual-boot setup correctly, not skip any essentials.
Distribution: Cinnamon Mint 17.3 and 18 at present.
I wouldn't bother with the software tools. Every supplier gives away "free" clutter on their disk drives for backing up, Anti Virus protection, etc, under Windows.
You bought the disk not the contents.