Is it safe to remove WD Smartware

I only purchased my WD My Passport Essential SE external USB drive to Ghost 15 would have a good spot to back up my C and D drives each week. But I notice something called WD Smartware was installed on my PC. What does it do? If I remove it, will I still be able to used the WD external drive?

The WD Smartware is the backup software bundled with your drive. You can hinder this software, it will not damage your drive, neither will hinder your drive in any away. This is not necessary, in order to operate your drive.

Information how to uninstall the software below: