Removing SmartWare

USB and mass storage manufacturers are always coming up with new, annoying ways to get software onto their storage devices. The most cruel of these variants show up as hidden drive or specialty autorun tools. Normally with the likes of U3 and related technologies, it was fairly easy to remove these with a quick formatting. The newest incarnation Western Digital called SmartWare is a beast that defies removal. It keeps a hefty 500GB hidden storage partition made completely unaccessible. What’s worse is that it attempts to load SES drivers onto every system it gets attached–making it nearly useless on systems that you may not have the ability to install drivers.

The solution: Format with HP USB Disk Storage Tool.

Reference from here.

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