Legacy Downloads

Drivers and Software for Legacy (Discontinued) Products

Below, please find a listing of all the available drivers for discontinued products. There will not be any driver updates for any operating system, other than what is posted on our web site. Hence, SimpleTech no longer offers phone or email support for the legacy (discontinued) products.

Please note down the build number (9xxxx-xxxxx-xxx) or part number marked on the actual device and choose the corresponding driver for the appropriate operating system.

HGST XL3000 3TB Drive Format Utility For Windows XP

Version 1.0


The XL3000 Drive Format Utility (DFU) is used to format the 3TB External drive for use on Windows XP allowing the full capacity to be utilized. This application is only designed to partition and format the XL3000 External USB Drive on Windows XP 32bit systems.

WARNING: Using this utility will cause the XL3000 drive to be erased. Please backup any data prior to using the XL3000 Drive Format Utility.


Pre-2013 Drive Fitness Test

Version 4.16 (Pre-2013)

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.)

NOTE: This version of Drive Fitness Test does not support 3TB and greater internal drives. For 3TB and greater support, use WinDFT


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), for instructions on how to run the Drive Fitness Test utility download the User's Guide below.


  • 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.

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.

NOTE: Currently the Feature Tool does not support 3TB and greater internal drives.



  • 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.

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.