WD Ext HDD Smartware on VCD - how to delete

  hastelloy 10:34 13 Dec 2010

This is more of an annoyance than a problem. I have a WD external HDD which has software on it disguised as a CD (VCD). This can't be deleted by normal means - anybody know how to get rid of it. It's only using 400 MB so not worried about the space (1TB drive) but every time I switch the drive on its asks me if I want to run the software,

  bremner 10:56 13 Dec 2010

What message do you get when you try to delete it and was this on the drive when you bought it or have you laoded it on.

  rawprawn 10:58 13 Dec 2010

I formatted mine before I used it, but you could try Unlocker
click here

  hastelloy 15:56 13 Dec 2010

There is no message when I try to delete. Highlighting and pressing the delete key gives no response and right click doesn't give delete as an option. The problem is that the system sees it as a CD (virtual CD) and treats it as such. Even disc management sees it as entirely separate from the HDD. I did format before use but can't format the VCD.

  hastelloy 16:08 13 Dec 2010

Sorry, should have said - this was on the drive when I bought it. I'm using W7 Pro 64 bit.

  bremner 16:23 13 Dec 2010

My guess from seeing other disks with similar is that this is on a protected partition of the drive and can not be deleted.

  hastelloy 16:34 13 Dec 2010

I was afraid that might be the case. As said - more of a nuisance than a problem. I dare say I'll survive.

Thanks for all responses.

  BRYNIT 17:18 13 Dec 2010

A little information on Virtual CD from the WD web site click here

  hastelloy 10:03 14 Dec 2010

Many thanks to all.

BRYNIT's link would have worked for what I wanted although WD only let you hide the VCD and not delete it.

├četa's link gave software which totally removed it.

Job done.

Wishing all a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year.

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