I would not recommend this drive. It installs as a separate drive letter but also as a 'virtual CD' drive. The software is truly awful. It constantly thrashes your PC trying to 'categorize' every file into Pictures, Music, Videos etc. It's basic - but if you can choose not to use it, there should be no problem. Right?
Wrong. getting rid of it is impossible. I upgraded the firmware and then the software exactly as it said on the WD web site. I turned off the virtual CD. Still it persisted. I tried to exit the software. It refused. I rebooted and still the virtual CD installed itself, and my PC (a very fast one) hung constantly as the hard drive accessed interminably.
I was worried about reformatting the drive and uninstalling the software in case the drive failed to work and was no longer recognised. I was reluctant to send the product back, as there was data on it from my test backup, and even deleting it I felt was insecure.
Ultimately it took almost all day to tame the drive using all my extensive knowledge.
Why should I, the customer, be put through all this? Why does WD assume I need the drive set up as a complete novice, and why is the software so persistent and bad?
I am afraid, regardless of the actual drive (shiny black and covered in fingermarks) now that WD foist this software on the unsuspective user, I shall take my custom elsewhere. Which is sad, since I bought this drive to replace a perfectly satisfactory MyBook that had served me well and been trouble free.