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WDSpinUp Utility

File Size: 176 KB
Version: N/A
Release Date: January, 2009



This is a DOS Level utility to configure the low current spinup feature for Western Digital GreenPower(TM) drives. It allows spinup current to be configured to low or super low. It reports spinup current setting (low or super low).


  1. Scans for all drives. Non-WD Drives shall only show the model number and serial number.
  2. Unsupported disk drives will report 'This drive does not support dual spinup current modes.'
  3. Uses a Vendor Specific Command to get or set the spinup current setting.
Supported Operating Systems
  • PC Compatible Computer (DOS)
  1. Important: Please ensure that any important data is backed up from the hard drive and that the drive is removed from the RAID array (the array is offline) before updating the firmware.
  2. Download the file containing the firmware for the update.
  3. Extract wdspinup.exe onto a bootable medium (floppy, CD-RW, network drive, etc.).
  4. Boot the system with the hard drive to be updated to the medium where the update file was extracted to.
  5. Run the file by typing wdspinup.exe at the command prompt and press enter.
  6. The screen will bring up the WDSpinup Options:

    -R Report spinup mode.
    -L Set to low current spinup mode.
    -S Set to super low current spinup mode.

    -? This help info

  7. Type in the Option you want and press Enter. When it has successfully completed, it will show that it has been updated to the new mode.

    Critical: Please make sure that the computer system is not turned off during the Mode update. Doing so may damage the hard drive beyond repair and your data may be lost.

  8. Once completed, remove your boot media and reboot your system.

Note: If you are having issues updating the firmware of a drive connected to a PCI Serial ATA controller or Serial ATA RAID controller, please install the drive into a system with Serial ATA connections directly on the motherboard (Onboard Serial ATA controller) and try again.

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