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Reply Helpful Thread reply - more options Link to this Post. It is the equivalent of U3 software on a flash drive. I tried to see if I could find anything to share with you from the Internet, but after about articles I wasn't successful.
It is just a peeve of mine to have unused software and icons laying around. I'll have to live with it Window3Guy Window3Guy. This may work for other passports and My Books. I didn't find any help from searching google, but I did find you post and thought I'd let you know what I did. I have a Core2duo running Windows XP. I assume in this forum you are on a Mac - maybe this will help you. Remove the Smartware on a PC, then make the drive ready for your mac. I installed it on my PC and ran the program. It found my usb passport drive and fixed the problem. If you can get a hold of it and install it: Now that I've rebooted and tried connecting the drive again, I still have the virtual drive and Windows isn't seeing the passport.
I'll post back when I figure something out. James Garrett James Garrett.
David Alvarez David Alvarez. Zabobon Zabobon. Like the others, I have tried to format it to remove the annoying "WD Smartware" but it keeps popping up on the desktop. Even if I eject this virtual CD disk, it pops back again instantly. I searched around the internet and couldn't find a solution. Hopefully WD will release a removal tool in the near future. The silly thing is that apart from this, the drive is amazing. I can't understand why WD would include such an obviously annoying feature with such a good product. I think it is even worse for Windows users - when the drive is plugged into a Windows machine the "Found New Hardware" wizard pops up, just for the Virtual CD.
This makes it hard to share the drive with others, for sending files over to a client for instance. While waiting for a proper solution ie a way to zap this firmware I have one tiny workaraound that makes it a bit less annoying for me on my Mac. It will erase the disk - so back-up its contents first Rightly or wrongly, I blindly trusted a random blog I had read which directed me to a utility available online: EXE , and targeted my mounted and unlocked WD drive location.
Steps I followed so far: Obviously none of them worked. I started Google-ing like crazy. I hugged my cat and cried.
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I opened Microsoft's System Registry utility to force-allow write on the protected media, and just when I was about to start partying, I realized I failed once again. I connected that evil drive to my Ubuntu Server I tried with both fdisk and parted , but I may have done something wrong. Hennes Is there a reason you are not just reformatting and repartitioning it?
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That will get rid of it? I assume you still have data on that if this is the case. Actually, I reformatted it more than once. I have no concerns about data on the drive, as there are none right now. The point is: Unfortunately is not possible to remove completely the VCD from your external HDD, however you should be able to disable it following the instructions here. As I stated in the question but probably I should have pointed it out in a clearer way , I am trying to remove the "WD Unlocker" unit.
I'm sorry for the misunderstanding.
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If you need to find a way to remove it you should look for a tool that will allow you to clear the HPA. And furthermore if you succeed you won't be able to use the password protection for this HDD. For Mac OS X:
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