This would be more helpful if their SmartWare Software download worked. In this answer, I’m just pointing out that a version of it though presumably it may not be the latest version, and therefore you may want to download it exists on the “virtual CD” already, which you can copy and run. Even after downloading the VDC manager separately, it still won’t work because the drive has a password. Why does this have 32 upvotes? Not on all versions, apparently.
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Note to others who might be thinking about trying this: Once the utility has found your drive, click Configure Drive and then click Exit. Disk Utility only shows one partition.
WD My Book Essentials will not connect
Two solutions to actually get rid of the VDC not just hide it: It is not possible to pll out the HDD in recent versions. Even after downloading the VDC manager separately, it still won’t work because the drive has a password. Included on the “VCD” is the software required to enable and disable it.
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This software is the same software that you can download as mentioned in other answers The USB controller is integrated on the drive. Verify the attached drive’s serial number located on the back of the drive.
There were two steps that actually seem to have done something. This doesn’t answer the question at all.
Since I will use this virtual drive only very rarely, how can Usg hide it from the desktop, while allowing other CDs to show up? Home Questions Tags Users Unanswered.
Verify that the VCD no longer appears. Unzip the file and double click to open the Firmware Updater.
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This would be more helpful if their SmartWare Software download worked. It’s called “Virtual CD Manager. The updater will scan the drive which may take a few minutes. Tear open the casing, pull out the hard drive, and virthal it into a generic 3.
Then after VCD worked, the My Book was still read only, so I used the smartware which was still installed to erase everything already on the drive, and then it finally worked like an external hard drive is supposed to and was read and writable devicr then I deleted the smartware software I had installed on my computer Click Continue to disable the VCD.
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Did this actually remove the hidden partition? In this answer, I’m just pointing out that a version of it though presumably it may not be the latest version, and therefore you may want to download it exists on the “virtual CD” already, which you can copy and run.
Before running the Virtual CD Manager, you must first update us firmware on your hard drive. I just plugged it in to one of vidtual system. The Mac version seems to be wdc. Now I have a clean MyBook with nothing on it at all, just like the darn thing is supposed to be.