Unfortunately I bought 2 passport essentials just before going on holidays, so I've had them for about a month-
Too long to return to Officeworks. When I bought 320 Gb HDDs, I did so because I wanted 320 GB NOT less than 300!
We should be able to sue the company for false representation about the size of the storage space!
This WD"smartware" (what a lie that is!) is quite possibly the most annoying software I have ever had the missfortune to encounter, with no way of getting rid of it!
1 of the drives is still unopened in it's box if anyone wants it.
I have 9 computers in total in my household, of which 7 are desktops which I built myself using WD HDD's.
Out of principle now I will never buy another Western Digital product.
If WD ever release a software update enabling us to get rid of it somehow, someone please let me know.
And yes, I tried disabling it in the Device manager, but as soon as I hit confirm my computer crashes, and when it re-boots the VCD drive is still there.
Total and utter rubbish!