After surfing some of the threads in the Community (VERY informative btw),
I have given up on solving my no Backup / no Retrieve / no Drive Settings problem and instead
want to simply uninstall the WDSmartWare software and use the MB Essential as a super flash drive.
The Paragon suggestion sounds great, but i s software absolutely necessary?
Or can the drive simply be reformatted to store a TB of different data files? Nothing fancy…