How to Use WD Marvel Repair Tool 18 to Recover Your HDD
If you have a Western Digital hard drive that is not working properly, you may need to use WD Marvel Repair Tool 18 to fix it. WD Marvel Repair Tool 18 is a utility that can recover HDD WD Marvel, a family of drives that use a special encryption algorithm to protect data. WD Marvel Repair Tool 18 can bypass the encryption and access the firmware modules, allowing you to repair common problems such as bad sectors, slow response, clicking noise, and more.
In this article, we will show you how to use WD Marvel Repair Tool 18 to recover your HDD in a few simple steps.
Step 1: Download and Install WD Marvel Repair Tool 18
You can download WD Marvel Repair Tool 18 from the official website: http://wdmarvel.com/en/. You will need to purchase a license to use the full features of the utility. The price depends on the type of license you choose: Standard or Plus. The Plus license offers more functions and supports more families of drives.
After downloading the utility, you will need to install it on your computer. You will also need to sign the drivers by a test certificate and enable test mode in x64 operating systems. You can find the instructions and the bat files for doing this in the installation folder.
Step 2: Connect Your HDD to Your Computer
You can connect your HDD to your computer using a SATA cable, a serial port and TTL adapter, or a USB cable. WD Marvel Repair Tool 18 supports all these modes of connection. However, some functions may not work with USB connection, so it is recommended to use SATA or serial port if possible.
Make sure your HDD is powered on and detected by your computer. You can check this in the Device Manager or Disk Management.
Step 3: Run WD Marvel Repair Tool 18 and Select Your HDD
Launch WD Marvel Repair Tool 18 and select your HDD from the list of available drives. The utility will automatically detect the family name and model number of your HDD. If it does not, you can manually select them from the drop-down menus.
You will see a window with various tabs and options for working with your HDD. You can view the information about your HDD, such as serial number, capacity, firmware version, etc., in the Info tab.
Step 4: Perform the Necessary Tests and Repairs
Depending on the problem you are facing with your HDD, you can perform different tests and repairs using WD Marvel Repair Tool 18. Some of the most common ones are:
ARCO Process: This is a comprehensive procedure that can fix most of the issues with your HDD. It involves reading and writing firmware modules, clearing translator, G-List, RELO-List, performing WRRO tests, mini servo calibration, etc. You can start the ARCO process by clicking on the ARCO button in the main window. You will need to select the appropriate ARCO Data offset and model list for your HDD. You can also customize some options in the ARCO process settings.
Data Copying: This function allows you to copy data from your HDD to another drive or an image file. You can access it by clicking on the Data Copy button in the main window. You will need to select the source drive (your HDD), the destination drive or file, and the copy mode (sector-by-sector or file system). You can also adjust some settings such as read buffer size, skip bad sectors, etc.
Module Operations: This function allows you to read and write firmware modules from your HDD. You can access it by clicking on the Module Operations button in the main window. You will need to select the module number and type (ROM or RAM) from the list. You can also view and edit the module data in hexadecimal or text format.
VSC Status Monitoring: This function allows you to monitor the status of your HDD's virtual servo controller (VSC), which controls the head positioning and movement. You can access it by clicking on the VSC Status Monitoring button in the main window. You will see a graph showing the VSC status values 29c81ba772