So far, the drive works fine without any installation at all. But, every time I restart my computer or plug the drive in, I get a pop-up asking to install the recommended drivers. For now, I just choose Ask Me Again Later, but at some point I want to either say yes or no so the wizard won’t start up all the time.
Now, I absolutely do NOT want this Smartware trash that came on the drive (or any other WD software) on my machine. No way, no how. I just want a simple, clean, no-frills drive; I don’t need the encryption features. So my questions are as follows:
This pop-up about recommended drivers - if I choose install, will it install Smartware? Or will it just install a simple driver? What exactly is it going to install?
Do I really need the driver? Is it going to improve performance at all? The drive is a little slow - will installing the drivers change that? What real benefit is there to installing them if the drive already works.
The drive works fine out of the box, but should I format it anyway?