I have been having a problem where Windows 7 will fail to boot when the Passport drives are plugged in during a cold boot. (Booting just freezes - and on re-boot, Windows 7 auto repair fails to fix the problem, but normal booting without drive is fine.)
(Edit : Please note that I am not trying to boot from the external WD drives. I am trying to boot from my main hard drive, the WD drive only contains data and no trace of any OS, and that USB devices are configured BELOW IDE devices in the boot sequence in BIOS)
Anyway, back on topic, ...
I tried to fix this problem by coming to the WD web site and searching for software/firmware updates.
I downloaded and installed the firmware update. (Apollo 1607E Firmware Updater v2.003 (220.127.116.11))
Then downloaded and installed the utility to hide the WD CD which I have never needed. (WD SmartWare Virtual CD Manager for Windows-v18.104.22.168)
All seemed fine, but noticed that a driver has failed to install in my Device Manager for "WD SES Device USB Device".
Windows Update can't find it.
The advice on this forum says search the Extra folder in the 'CD' drive - but I have now hidden it.
Couldn't see a separate download for it.
How on earth do I now install the driver from the drive that is now hidden?
Where can I simply download a stand alone version of it?
What does SES stand for? i.e. what is this device/driver for anyway?