WD Smartware for my 2TB Essentials drive (making computer VERY slow)



I have a 2tb wd my book essential hooked up via usb to my computer which has a quad core, 4g ram, xp pro and usually runs pretty fast btw.  The first thing I did was to update the firmware and software for the my book before even moving anything over, i disabled the virtual cd, still not clear on what that does, but when i restart the pc the program starts up (smartware) and seems to slow everything down on the pc in general.

Are there any settings I can change or confirm here to help fix this?

The way things are slowing down its almost useless to have the thing running.

Thanks for any help on this,


Just realized i posted this in the wrong area, mods please move for me?


Can I remove all the wd software from my 2tb my book essential?  The software seems very bloat/heavy on the pc’s resources and I just don’t like it, can I somehow just dump everything on it and make it into a standard drive that I can use a free software sync program vs wd’s stuff?

I am sorta a newbie so any step by step as to how to do this is greatly appreciated.

I did update the firmware and software for the unit but it didn’t help, just ■■■■■ resources and makes the computer SLOOOOOWWWWWWWW.