I found a techinque to remove WD Smartware and still giving people access to their protected partition.
NOTE: I'm not responsible for any issues caused by following the steps below. They have worked on my systems (both running XP) and might work on yours.
Revmoing WD Smartware
- If your using password proection onthe drivet, have your password handy. Also UNLOCK VCD, you'll need it.
( I've had WD Smartware installed and updated to the latest version at this point. You might NOT need it but if it doesn't work repeat the process at this point with WD Smartware installed)
Update the fireware on the drive to the latest version.
Uninstall WD Smartware (if its on your system), perferably with some uninstall software so you can remove some annoying registery files it leaves behind. [I've used Revo Uninstaller in this case...]
Reboot and hopefully its off your system. [It was removed on mine]
If not check X:/Program Files/Western Digital/ (where X is your hard drive with the OS partition, generally C) and delete that folder. If you really aren't sure search for WD Smartware and check for any linguring files. For those who think WD Smartware is a rootkit, scan your system with your anti-malware software.
Also check to make sure that WD is NOT running at start up. To do this go to Start > Program FIles > Start up and remove WD Smartware and other similar software that is in the Start up Folder
Now disable AutoRun on your OS ( WD Smartware will not start up and attempt to install itself when you plug in the drive...) You'll have to be an admin to do this. [Sihce I have Win XP I used Tweak UI...]
Reboot system, to ensure that the setting ARE saved...
To be completely sure, check the start up folder and the auto runs one more time.
To get into your password protected drive with just VCD
- Plug in the drive.
If the Find New Hardware Wizard starts running, cancel it. You will have to set the wizard to always ignore the hard drive. (NOTE: If the New Hardware Wizard is not running when you plug in the drive, chances are WD Smartware might
be on your computer...)
[On my system I get the message: The New Hard Drive is installed but my mnot work properly until next reboot]
- Open the VCD on the corresponding drive and run unlocker. Enter password....
Note: VCD IS NEEDED to get into the drive, as I found out. As stated by the error message, the Unlocker software on the corresponding drive must be used to unlock the drive which is why you can't/shouldn't delete VCD.
Note: To delete password-protected partitions, you will need to install WD Smartware.
For data back-ups I use Allway sync and for system back-ups I use partigon.
Hope this helps.... It worked for me... (Yes this my first post in the forum LOL)
Sorry for my bad English... D: