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Should I remove HP 3D DriveGuard?

What percent of users and experts removed it?
11% remove it89% keep it
Overall Sentiment
Very good
What do people think about it?
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How common is it?
Global Rank #1,286
United States Rank #1,212
Reach 0.5350%
Lifespan of installation (until removal)
< 17.53 days
517.02 days >
Average installed length: 271.66 days


VersionDistribution 14.03% 78.02% 0.01% 0.08% 0.02% 0.15%
3.10 D2 0.50%
3.10 C2 0.01%
3.10 A8 1.37%
3.10 A7 1.85%
3.10 A5 0.02%
3.00 C2 0.15%
3.00 B1 0.02%
3.00 A5 0.78% 0.06% 0.09% 0.56% 0.04% 0.01% 0.01% 0.01%
1.10 D1 0.26%
1.10 C1 0.28%
1.10 B1 0.35%
1.10 A8 0.56%
1.10 A7 0.20%
1.10 A5 0.58%

Typically installed together

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HP 3D DriveGuard

What is HP 3D DriveGuard?

HP 3D DriveGuard receives notifications from the integrated accelerometer and protects the hard drive (HDD) by automatically "parking the heads" to reduce the risk of damage if the notebook is accidentally dropped or is abruptly impacted by another object.

About  (from Hewlett-Packard)

HP 3D DriveGuard’s protection policies provide an enhanced level of protection at all times—whether you’re working in one spot or moving from one place to another. in this state, HP 3D DriveGuard parks the head indefinitely so you can safely transport the notebook when you are not in standby mode. HP 3D DriveGuard keep...  Read more


It is bundled and preinstalled with various Hewlett-Packard computers. The most used version is, with over 98% of all installations currently using this version. Upon installation, it defines an auto-start registry entry which allows the program run on each boot for the user which installed it. The main program executable is HP3DGVer.exe. The software installer includes 11 files and is usually about 1.88 MB (1,970,294 bytes).

HP 3D DriveGuard is pre-installed on the PC

Such software is installed by the manufacture when delivering the PC to the end user. Some pre-installed programs are considered bloatware as they are simply limited function trials, while others are required for proper PC operation.

Program detailsProgram details

URL: www.hp.com/support
Help link: www.hp.com
Installation folder: C:\Program Files\Hewlett-Packard\HP 3D DriveGuard\
Uninstaller: MsiExec.exe /X{5D9F8320-C655-46E5-8EDF-C85D9343EF7D}
(The Windows Installer is used for the installation, maintenance, and removal.)
Estimated size: 1.88 MB
Language: English (United States)

Program filesFiles installed by HP 3D DriveGuard

Program executable:HP3DGVer.exe
Path:C:\Program Files\Hewlett-Packard\HP 3D DriveGuard\HP3DGVer.exe
Additional files:
  • accelerometerST.exe - Hewlett-Packard Corporation 3D DriveGuard System (Hp Accelerometer System Tray)
  • hpcplapp.exe - HP Accelerometer Control Panel
  • HpCplApp.dll - HP 3D DriveGuard
  • HpTile2.exe - HP 3D DriveGuard Tile
  • hptileapp.exe
  • HPMDPVer.dll - Hewlett-Packard
  • HP3DGVer.exe - HP3DVer (HP3DGVer)
  • HpAbout.exe - HpAbout

Program behaviorsBehaviors exhibited

Startup File (User Run)
  • accelerometerST.exe is loaded in the current user (HKCU) registry as an auto-starting executable named 'AccelerometerSysTrayApplet' and executes as "C:\Program Files\Hewlett-Packard\HP 3D DriveGuard\AccelerometerSt.Exe".

How do I remove HP 3D DriveGuard?

You can uninstall HP 3D DriveGuard from your computer by using the Add/Remove Program feature in the Window's Control Panel.
  1. On the Start menu (for Windows 8, right-click the screen's bottom-left corner), click Control Panel, and then, under Programs, do one of the following:
    • Windows Vista/7/8/10: Click Uninstall a Program.
    • Windows XP: Click Add or Remove Programs.
  2. When you find the program HP 3D DriveGuard, click it, and then do one of the following:
    • Windows Vista/7/8/10: Click Uninstall.
    • Windows XP: Click the Remove or Change/Remove tab (to the right of the program).
  3. Follow the prompts. A progress bar shows you how long it will take to remove HP 3D DriveGuard.

Win 7 (SP1) 76%
Win 7 0%
Auto-starting? Yes
(Found in the run registry)
Uninstall it 11%
Keep it 89%

Windows OS versionsWindows

Which Windows OS versions does it run on?
Windows 7 83.67%
Windows 10 9.02%
Windows Vista 4.50%
Windows XP 2.80%
Windows Server 2003 0.01%
Which OS releases does it run on?
Windows 7 Home Premium 63.64%
Windows 7 Professional 12.55%
Windows 10 Home 5.54%
Windows 7 Ultimate 5.39%
Microsoft Windows XP 2.75%
Windows Vista Business 2.48%

Distribution by countryGeography

51.62% of installs come from the United States
Which countries install it?
  United States 51.62%
  France 5.00%
  Italy 4.61%
  United Kingdom 3.14%
  Canada 2.95%
  Germany 2.64%
  Spain 2.02%
  Netherlands 1.88%
  Brazil 1.74%
  Australia 1.69%
  Sweden 1.12%
  Belgium 1.12%
  India 1.01%
  Mexico 1.00%

OEM distributionPC manufacturers

What PC manufacturers (OEMs) have it installed?
Hewlett-Packard 98.55%
Acer 0.45%
Dell 0.44%
ASUS 0.30%
Lenovo 0.08%
Sahara 0.07%
Toshiba 0.05%
American Megatrends 0.03%
Samsung 0.02%
Common models
HP Pavilion dv6 Notebook ... 35.16%
HP Pavilion dv7 Notebook ... 21.95%
HP Pavilion dv4 Notebook ... 7.32%
HP ProBook 4520s 4.91%
HP Pavilion dv5 Notebook ... 3.54%
HP Pavilion dm3 Notebook ... 2.28%

About Hewlett-Packard

HP provides products, software solutions and services to consumers, from enterprises to consumers including customers in the government, health and education sectors.
Publisher URL: www.hp.com


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