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Software Author(s):

  • Western Digital


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Western Digital Data Lifeguard Diagnostic for Windows (Install)

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1.37 | Updated: 17 Nov 2020



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Western Digital Data Lifeguard Diagnostic for Windows (Install) 1.37

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All Checks are Passing

3 Passing Tests

Validation Testing Passed

Verification Testing Passed


Scan Testing Successful:

No detections found in any package files


To install Western Digital Data Lifeguard Diagnostic for Windows (Install), run the following command from the command line or from PowerShell:


To upgrade Western Digital Data Lifeguard Diagnostic for Windows (Install), run the following command from the command line or from PowerShell:


To uninstall Western Digital Data Lifeguard Diagnostic for Windows (Install), run the following command from the command line or from PowerShell:


NOTE: This applies to both open source and commercial editions of Chocolatey.

1. Ensure you are set for organizational deployment

Please see the organizational deployment guide

  • Open Source or Commercial:
    • Proxy Repository - Create a proxy nuget repository on Nexus, Artifactory Pro, or a proxy Chocolatey repository on ProGet. Point your upstream to Packages cache on first access automatically. Make sure your choco clients are using your proxy repository as a source and NOT the default community repository. See source command for more information.
    • You can also just download the package and push it to a repository Download

3. Enter your internal repository url

(this should look similar to

4. Choose your deployment method:

choco upgrade data-lifeguard-diagnostic -y --source="'STEP 3 URL'" [other options]

See options you can pass to upgrade.

See best practices for scripting.

Add this to a PowerShell script or use a Batch script with tools and in places where you are calling directly to Chocolatey. If you are integrating, keep in mind enhanced exit codes.

If you do use a PowerShell script, use the following to ensure bad exit codes are shown as failures:

choco upgrade data-lifeguard-diagnostic -y --source="'STEP 3 URL'"

Write-Verbose "Exit code was $exitCode"
$validExitCodes = @(0, 1605, 1614, 1641, 3010)
if ($validExitCodes -contains $exitCode) {
  Exit 0

Exit $exitCode

- name: Ensure data-lifeguard-diagnostic installed
    name: data-lifeguard-diagnostic
    state: present
    version: 1.37
    source: STEP 3 URL

See docs at

chocolatey_package 'data-lifeguard-diagnostic' do
  action    :install
  version  '1.37'
  source   'STEP 3 URL'

See docs at

    Name: data-lifeguard-diagnostic,
    Version: 1.37,
    Source: STEP 3 URL

Requires Otter Chocolatey Extension. See docs at

cChocoPackageInstaller data-lifeguard-diagnostic
   Name     = 'data-lifeguard-diagnostic'
   Ensure   = 'Present'
   Version  = '1.37'
   Source   = 'STEP 3 URL'

Requires cChoco DSC Resource. See docs at

package { 'data-lifeguard-diagnostic':
  provider => 'chocolatey',
  ensure   => '1.37',
  source   => 'STEP 3 URL',

Requires Puppet Chocolatey Provider module. See docs at

salt '*' chocolatey.install data-lifeguard-diagnostic version="1.37" source="STEP 3 URL"

See docs at

5. If applicable - Chocolatey configuration/installation

See infrastructure management matrix for Chocolatey configuration elements and examples.

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This package was approved by moderator flcdrg on 02 Dec 2020.



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Western Digital Data Lifeguard Diagnostic for Windows screenshot

This is a Windows version of the Data LifeGuard Diagnostics. It will test WD internal and external drives. In additional, it can provide you with the model and serial of WD drives attached to the system.
Supported Operating Systems

Windows 10
Windows 8 32/64-bit versions
Windows 7 32/64-bit versions
Windows Vista 32/64 bit versions
Windows XP 32/64-bit versions


  1. Download the Windows Data Lifeguard Diagnostics, .zip
  2. Extract and run the program, WinDlg.exe. (Chocolatey does this for you!) If running Windows Vista (or later), you will need to Right-Click on the WinDlg.exe file and choose to Run As Administrator.
  3. Read and accept the license agreement to continue.
  4. On the main program screen, there are two windows. In the top window, you will see the drives in your system that are available for testing. The model number, serial number, capacity, and SMART status of each drive will be displayed. In the bottom window, the partition information for the selected drive will be displayed.
  5. Highlight the drive and select the icon on the top row to test or run SMART status.
  6. When you select the run tests icon, the "DLGDIAG - Select an Option" window appears.
  7. You will see the following options:
  • QUICK TEST - performs SMART drive quick self-test to gather and verify the Data Lifeguard information contained on the drive.
  • EXTENDED TEST - performs a Full Media Scan to detect bad sectors. Test may take several hours to complete depending on the size of the drive.
  • WRITE ZEROS - writes zeros to the drive with options of Full Erase and Quick Erase. File system and data will be lost.
  • VIEW TEST RESULT - displays the latest test results.
  1. Select the test you wish to perform and click the Start button.
  2. When the test completes, you will be notified with a pass/fail message. Click the Close button.


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$ErrorActionPreference = 'Stop'
$packageName   = 'data-lifeguard-diagnostic'
$toolsDir      = "$(Split-Path -parent $MyInvocation.MyCommand.Definition)"
$TodaysVersion = ($env:ChocolateyPackageVersion -replace '[.]','_')
$url           = ""+$TodaysVersion+".zip"
$checksum      = '931C8D9515F661B73DE8322A9C298403A90181F01DD6081C1B39F6F7B4E8CA4F'
$packageArgs = @{
  packageName   = $packageName
  unzipLocation = $toolsDir
  fileType      = 'ZIP'
  url           = $url
  checksum      = $checksum
  checksumType  = 'sha256' 
Install-ChocolateyZipPackage @packageArgs 
$packageArgs = @{
    packageName    = $packageName
    file           = "$toolsDir\WinDlg_v"+$TodaysVersion+".exe"
    fileType       = 'EXE'
    softwareName   = 'Data Lifeguard Diagnostic*'
    validExitCodes = @(0)   

Install-ChocolateyInstallPackage @packageArgs
Remove-Item $toolsDir\*.exe -EA SilentlyContinue | Out-Null

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Version Downloads Last Updated Status
Western Digital Data Lifeguard Diagnostic for Windows (Install) 1.36 949 Monday, December 10, 2018 Approved

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