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Eject the Western Digital SmartWare VCD on login Storage Devices
Here is a simple, safe AppleScript that ejects the Western Digital SmartWare VCD on start up. Paste this code into the AppleScript Editor, save it as an application, and add it to your login items in the Accounts System Preferences panel. Note that this does not remove the VCD; it just keeps it off your desktop.
tell application "Finder"
  activate
  try
    eject disk "WD SmartWare"
  end try
end tell
[robg adds: I haven't tested this one, as I don't have the software in question.]
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Eject the Western Digital SmartWare VCD on login
Authored by: mmn on Apr 22, '10 07:57:07AM
You can also completely disable the VCD with WD's tool over here.

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Eject the Western Digital SmartWare VCD on login
Authored by: justicart on Apr 22, '10 08:01:28AM

Western Digital provides a utility to disable this that is pretty easy to do:

http://wdc.custhelp.com/cgi-bin/wdc.cfg/php/enduser/std_adp.php?p_faqid=3835&p_created=1256946237&p_sid=8_wTuyOj&p_accessibility=0&p_redirect=&p_srch=1&p_lva=&p_sp=cF9zcmNoPTEmcF9zb3J0X2J5PSZwX2dyaWRzb3J0PSZwX3Jvd19jbnQ9NCw0JnBfcHJvZHM9MjI4LDIwOSwzMDImcF9jYXRzPSZwX3B2PTMuMzAyJnBfY3Y9JnBfcGFnZT0xJnBfc2VhcmNoX3RleHQ9dmNk&p_li=&p_topview=1



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Eject the Western Digital SmartWare VCD on login
Authored by: agentx on Apr 23, '10 06:08:14AM

Indeed they do provide a utility but for me was mostly waste of time.

We have 6 of these sort of drives. The firmware updates did not install on some of the drives no matter what i did, so i could not get rid of the Smartware.
The script may well come in handy. All very annoying as really do not want this extra partition showing ever !



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Eject the Western Digital SmartWare VCD on login
Authored by: Auricchio on Apr 22, '10 08:59:47AM

For those who want to permanently remove the VCD, there is a firmware update available from the WD web site.

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Eject the Western Digital SmartWare VCD on login
Authored by: allanBook on Apr 22, '10 09:04:58AM

Yup, just disable the VCD entirely:

http://wdc.custhelp.com/cgi-bin/wdc.cfg/php/enduser/std_adp.php?p_faqid=3835&p_created=1256946237&p_sid=bJWwxpZj&p_accessibility=0&p_redirect=&p_srch=1&p_lva=&p_sp=cF9zcmNoPTEmcF9zb3J0X2J5PSZwX2dyaWRzb3J0PSZwX3Jvd19jbnQ9MTQzLDE0MyZwX3Byb2RzPSZwX2NhdHM9JnBfcHY9JnBfY3Y9JnBfcGFnZT0xJnBfc2VhcmNoX3RleHQ9ZGlzYWJsZSBzbWFydHdhcmU!&p_li=&p_topview=1

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Eject the Western Digital SmartWare VCD on login
Authored by: lar3ry on Apr 22, '10 09:37:26AM
I had a similar issue, but "fixed" it a different way. The Virtual CD in question comes from my Toshiba 1 TB external disk, which is my Time Machine disk. Every time the external disk connected, that damned virtual CD was mounted as well. I didn't want it! Since there are MANY ways to do the same thing in Unix, my solution was to modify (or create) /etc/fstab, and add the following line:

LABEL=Virtual\040CD none cd9660 noauto
The \040 escapes a blank character (octal 40, hex 20, decimal 32), as the name of my VCD was "Virtual CD." The "noauto" tells Unix not to automatically mount the file system with that label.

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Eject the Western Digital SmartWare VCD on login
Authored by: ncolton on Apr 22, '10 11:28:36AM
Once Western Digital unbreaks Virtual CD (VCD) Manager for Mac, you can download it and use it to control whether the virtual CD is mounted.

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Eject the Western Digital SmartWare VCD on login
Authored by: hintuser on Apr 26, '10 07:35:37AM

This one-liner worked well for me in the Terminal.

sudo sh -c "echo UUID=`diskutil info /Volumes/WD\ SmartWare/ | grep 'UUID' | awk '{print $NF}'` none hfs rw,noauto 0 0 >> /etc/fstab"

Eject the disk after and it should not come back.



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Removal only works with most recent firmware
Authored by: Krioni on Jun 07, '10 11:09:59PM
I had a big problem trying to update the firmware so I could run the software (Virtual_CD_Manager_v1003) that removes this garbage. The firmware labeled "WDEssential_and_Elite_FirmwareUpdater_v1.0.0.16(2.003)" crashed every time. Useless.

The firmware "EssentialEliteFirmwareUpdater_v1005" instructions found at the following link worked for me. How to disable (hide) the Virtual CD (VCD) for Windows or Mac OSX on a My Book or My Passport drive

Note to self: next time you want to save $15 on buying a drive, factor in the wasted hour removing garbage installed by idiot manufacturers like Western Digital. What makes these bozos think they know better than their users? They clearly don't.

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