I recently bought a 1TB My Passport Essential SE. To my dismay, the drive was laden with the WD backup software which wants to install and the drive has a built-in virtual CD that pops up a box every time you plug it in. So, I wiped the drive clean (the part you can access, the VCD is not accessible with any normal tools) and disabled the VCD in the device manager. The drive works fine except for one thing, the computer hangs at boot if the drive is plugged in at boot. It only continues on into boot if the drive is unplugged. This is EXTREMELY frustrating for a device you bought to attach to your daughter’s notebook at college for automated scheduled backups, for which my instructions to her were going to be “leave it connected all the time”. Now it will get pulled at reboot and likely not get reconnected. I am unhappy with losing the VCD space on the drive but can live with that if I can just get this thing NOT to disable my computer. Doesn’t seem too much to ask from something. Theoretically, I could disable boot from USB, but I don’t want to do that.
Any solution? Other than buying Seagate and tossing this in the closet.
[Edit] changing the boot options does NOT solve the hanging problem. It hangs on the boot startup options screen where you can push F9 to change the boot options, etc… Last [deleted] WD hardware for me.