Yesterday I bought new Western Digital My Passport Essential SE 1 TB USB 2.0 Portable External Hard Drive WDBABM0010BBK-NESN (Midnight Black) and was really exited to use it but as soon as I plugged the drive, I was really so mad because the external drive came with a software called SmartWare, which was fine with me but what WD guys have done is that, they did not included the instruction to remove that partition. Why would I like to remove it?? Because it was eating about 600 MB of my space and plus I dont feel comfortable when I dont know what that piece of software do!
I tried couple of small time things to remove it like DiskPart and Format but nothing worked and the space reported to me was only 930GB, Where It should atleast show me close to 1 TB (1 terabyte = 1024 gigabytes) so after wandering over the net for quite sometime and looking for a solution to reclaim space I stumbled upon WB Forums and was really surpriced to know that WD is losing customer just because of this!
Well I didn’t had the option to return the PHD (Portable Hard Disk) so found one solution which actually makes sense to me. Here is how I removed the SmartWare & Virtual CD Manager partition from My Passport/Western Digital USB HDD:
- Removed/Deinstalled All SmartWare Software from My windows box (Instruction to do that are here)
- Start ->SearchBox-> Type cmd
- list disk
- select disk 2 (This was mine, your can be different)
- create partition primary
- Download the Utility from HDDGuru.com to do the low level format
- Installed the Tool
- Ran LLF on my USB
After I was done with this, which actually took some good amount of time I was able to recover space *almost* and it started reporting me 999.5 gigabytes = 0.976074219 terabytes which actually makes sense as the computers will never be able to report the entire amount of space or HDD might use that space to maintain the index of your file. What ever the case is I actually got rid that what crap software.