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Annoying Virtual CD Showing Up When Connecting a Western Digital My Passport/My Book External Drive?


By steve - Posted on 24 February 2010

If you've purchased an external drive lately, Western Digital has been "helpful" by taking up .5 gb of space on your drive with their software. I really dislike the software as it just doesn't back things up the way I want to do it. I have Carbonite for offline backup, I just want to be able to image my system so that I can, theoretically anyway, recover more quickly if I have a hard drive failure.

I don't want a snail's paced backup of the files WD thinks I want. I want an IMAGE!

So, I wanted to get rid of the fake CD that keeps showing up and using up one of my drive letters...

The process is pretty simple.
1. Make sure you have current firmware.
2. Download VCD killer software from WD.
3. Run it from the zip file.
4. Done.

Here are details from WD:
http://www.wdc.com/wdproducts/updates/?family=wdsmartwareutilities

It is best to start with the drive just freshly plugged in, that way you won't get an error about the drive being "busy".

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