Western Digital WD1500HLFS/WD1500BLFS 150 GB SATA 3.0 Gb/s VelociRaptor Drives.
Windows 98, Windows 2000, Windows ME, Windows XP, Windows Vista, Windows 7
Western Digital Corporation.
Driver Date & Version
According to Western Digital Knowledge Base Frequently Asked Question section, page titled [I cannot find drivers for my WD drive and my Operating System fails to recognize my WD drive], you will see the following information on your VelociRaptor WDC WD1500HLFS-01G6U0 5.1.2535.0 driver:
If you cannot find drivers for your WD drive, it may be because most WD drives do not include drivers as they use a standard driver built into the OS. If the driver is built into the OS or is already installed and the OS continues to look for a driver, your drive has most likely failed or been damaged and needs to be replaced.
I guess the version number 5.1.2535.0 is most probably the version number of Windows built in driver for your WDC WD1500HLFS drive. Further supporting the above point of no driver needed for your WDC WD1500HLFS-01G6U0 is the following statement from Western Digital as well:
Internal Hard Drives and SSD:
All internal Hard Drives and SSDs use drivers that are built into the operating system. There are no drivers available for download because of this.
If your internal drive is not recognized, it can be caused by one of the following problems:
- During an operating system installation, it may not see your drive at all or may request a driver. Under Windows you will need to press F6 in order to be prompted to enter a driver. Once you are prompted for a driver you will need to remove your Windows CD, and place a CD with the drivers for your SATA or EIDE controller card. These can be obtained from your System Manufacturer (Dell, HP, Toshiba, Gateway, etc.) your motherboard manufacturer, SATA or EIDE card manufacturer (if it is connected to a PCI or PCIe slot). Western Digital cannot assist you in locating these drivers, as every controller card requires a different driver.
- Your driver may be corrupted. The symptoms of this problem can vary - if it is your boot disk, your operating system may fail to load. If it is a secondary drive it may request a driver. You will need to contact Microsoft or your System Manufacturer for assistance in resolving this issue.
- Your drive may be damaged or have failed. A good test for this is to try the drive in another system. If the issue continues to occur, than this is most likely the case.
From what I see Western Digital only provide driver support for its external drivers (For example the follwing series: My Book, Elements, My Passport, Network NAS and other older legacy USB/Firewire storage drives).
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