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Should I remove WD Discovery Software?

What percent of users and experts removed it?
12% remove it88% keep it
Overall Sentiment
Very good
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How common is it?
Global Rank #10,904
United States Rank #9,771
Reach 0.0317%
Lifespan of installation (until removal)
< 16.44 days
485.09 days >
Average installed length: 254.88 days


1.80 64.00%
1.70 29.92%
1.61.0932.001 3.36%
1.50.0907.004 2.72%

WD Discovery Software

What is WD Discovery Software?

The Discovery Tool is used to discover WD drives on the network, and to create mapped network drives from their share folders.


WD Discovery Software is a software program developed by Western Digital Technologies. The most common release is 1.80, with over 98% of all installations currently using this version. A scheduled task is added to Windows Task Scheduler in order to launch the program at various scheduled times (the schedule varies depending on the version). The software is designed to connect to the Internet and adds a Windows Firewall exception in order to do so without being interfered with. The primary executable is named WD Discovery.exe. The setup package generally installs about 11 files and is usually about 7.67 MB (8,045,772 bytes). Relative to the overall usage of users who have this installed on their PCs, most are running Windows 7 (SP1) and Windows 10. While about 49% of users of WD Discovery Software come from the United States, it is also popular in United Kingdom and Canada.

Program detailsProgram details

URL: support.wdc.com
Installation folder: C:\Program Files\Western Digital\WD Discovery Software\
Uninstaller: MsiExec.exe /I{324F388E-4F28-42D6-ADD1-9AB27D249523}
(The Windows Installer is used for the installation, maintenance, and removal.)
Estimated size: 7.67 MB
Language: English (United States)

Program filesFiles installed by WD Discovery Software

Program executable:WD Discovery.exe
Name:WD Discovery
WD Discovery Application
Path:C:\Program Files\Western Digital\WD Discovery Software\WD Discovery.exe
Additional files:
  • RES_French.dll - WD Discovery (WD Discovery Language Package - French)
  • RES_German.dll - WD Discovery Language Package - German
  • RES_Italian.dll - WD Discovery Language Package - Italian
  • RES_Japanese.dll - WD Discovery Language Package - Japanese
  • RES_Korean.dll - WD Discovery Language Package - Korean
  • RES_SChinese.dll - WD Discovery Language Package - Simplified Chinese
  • RES_Spanish.dll - WD Discovery Language Package - Spanish
  • RES_TChinese.dll - WD Discovery Language Package - Traditional Chinese
  • WD Discovery.exe - WD Discovery Application

Program behaviorsBehaviors exhibited

Scheduled Task
  • WD Discovery.exe is scheduled as a task with the class '{DD3B27BE-20E2-49D9-BAA4-0FCEB8F2F8F1}' (runs on registration).
Windows Firewall Allowed Program
  • WD Discovery.exe is added as a firewall exception for 'C:\Program Files\Western Digital\WD Discovery Software\WD Discovery.exe'.

How do I remove WD Discovery Software?

You can uninstall WD Discovery Software 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 WD Discovery Software, 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 WD Discovery Software.

Win 7 (SP1) 62%
Win Vista (SP1) 0%
Uninstall it 12%
Keep it 88%

Windows OS versionsWindows

Which Windows OS versions does it run on?
Windows 7 65.44%
Windows 10 23.68%
Windows Vista 6.40%
Windows XP 4.48%
Which OS releases does it run on?
Windows 7 Home Premium 34.51%
Windows 7 Professional 16.69%
Windows 7 Ultimate 12.84%
Windows 10 Home 5.46%
Windows Vista Home Premiu... 4.98%
Windows 10 Pro 4.33%

Distribution by countryGeography

48.96% of installs come from the United States
Which countries install it?
  United States 48.96%
  United Kingdom 6.74%
  Canada 6.35%
  Germany 5.18%
  Australia 5.05%
  Italy 3.63%
  Netherlands 3.37%
  France 2.98%
  Belgium 2.33%
  Spain 1.55%
  Brazil 1.42%
  DK 1.17%
  Switzerland 1.04%
  South Africa 0.65%

OEM distributionPC manufacturers

What PC manufacturers (OEMs) have it installed?
Hewlett-Packard 22.85%
Dell 22.55%
Acer 11.28%
ASUS 8.90%
Toshiba 5.64%
Lenovo 4.45%
Intel 2.67%
Alienware 2.67%
Medion 2.67%
American Megatrends 1.78%
Samsung 1.78%
Common models
HP Pavilion dv7 Notebook ... 6.18%
HP Pavilion dv6 Notebook ... 3.93%
TOSHIBA Satellite A505 2.81%
LENOVO 2958 2.25%
ASUS All Series 2.25%
HP ENVY 17 Notebook PC 1.69%

About Western Digital Technologies

Western Digital is one of the largest hard disk drive manufacturers and has a long history in the electronics industry as an integrated circuit maker and a storage products company.
Publisher URL: www.wdc.com


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