This hard drive slows down the boot up times even I did not install the Smartware. When boot up to Windows 8, it automatically opens this drive folder on the desktop. I can’t find a way to disable it. I checked the
startup folder but nothing showing for the WD drive. When I disconnect this hard drive from the computer, everything is back to normal. I think it is the WD SES driver causing the problem. It shows up in Device Manager when the drive is connected but it was at the bottom of the list; not under Disk drives. It disappears when the drive is disconnected. Now I only connect the hard drive when needed. It is very inconvenient to connect and disconnect all the time.