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Should I remove WD Drive Manager x64?

What percent of users and experts removed it?
3% remove it97% keep it
Overall Sentiment
Very good
What do people think about it?
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How common is it?
Global Rank #11,480
United States Rank #8,301
Reach 0.0291%
Lifespan of installation (until removal)
< 13.62 days
333.46 days >
Average installed length: 175.21 days


2.116 9.76%
2.115 53.66%
2.113 2.79%
2.111 5.40%
2.107 25.26%
2.103 1.92%
2.67 1.05%
2.62 0.17%

Typically installed together

WD Drive Manager x64

What is WD Drive Manager x64?  (from Western Digital Technologies)

WDDriveManager installs the Drive related light, button, and RAID Manager functionality program for Windows. This is a replacement program for the WD Button Manager program.


WD Drive Manager x64 is a program developed by Western Digital Technologies. The most used version is 2.115, with over 98% of all installations currently using this version. Upon installation and setup, it defines an auto-start registry entry which makes this program run on each Windows boot for all user logins. It adds a background controller service that is set to automatically run. Delaying the start of this service is possible through the service manager. The main program executable is controlPanelIcon.exe. The software installer includes 11 files and is usually about 1.27 MB (1,329,152 bytes). In comparison to the total number of users, most PCs are running the OS Windows 7 (SP1) as well as Windows 10. While about 63% of users of WD Drive Manager x64 come from the United States, it is also popular in Canada and Germany.

Program detailsProgram details

URL: support.wdc.com/product/download.asp?groupid=111&sid=61
Help link: www.wdc.com
Installation folder: C:\Program Files\western digital\wd drive manager
Uninstaller: MsiExec.exe /X{D2CBDAE4-0D71-4A61-A565-CA8A26026C6C}
(The Windows Installer is used for the installation, maintenance, and removal.)
Estimated size: 1.27 MB
Language: English (United States)

Program filesFiles installed by WD Drive Manager x64

Program executable:controlPanelIcon.exe
Additional files:
  • wdraidmgrui.exe - Raid Manager Application (WD RAID Manager)
  • wdcsam.sys - WD External Storage (WD SCSI Architecture Model (SAM) driver)
  • wdcsam64.sys
  • wdbtnmgrsvc.exe (by WDC) - WD Drive Manager (WD Drive Manager Service)
  • wdbtnmgrui.exe (by WDC)

Program behaviorsBehaviors exhibited

  • wdbtnmgrsvc.exe runs as a service named 'WD Drive Manager Service' (WDBtnMgrSvc.exe) "Provides functionality for Western Digital disk drives.".
Startup File (All Users Run)
  • wdbtnmgrui.exe is loaded in the all users (HKLM) registry as a startup file name 'WD Drive Manager' which loads as C:\Program Files\Western Digital\WD Drive Manager\WDBtnMgrUI.exe.

Program resource utilizationResource utilization averages

Memory:3.95 MB
21.09 MB average
Total CPU:0.0001255271%
0.031193% average
Kernel CPU:0.00005113%
0.016088% average
User CPU:0.00007439%
0.015104% average
CPU cycles/sec:526,297
8,062,084 average
70 average

How do I remove WD Drive Manager x64?

You can uninstall WD Drive Manager x64 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 Drive Manager (x64), 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 Drive Manager x64.

Win 7 (SP1) 66%
Win XP 0%
Automatically starts? Yes
(Found in the run registry)
Uninstall it 3%
Keep it 97%

Windows OS versionsWindows

Which Windows OS versions does it run on?
Windows 7 67.48%
Windows 10 25.22%
Windows Vista 7.13%
Windows XP 0.17%
Which OS releases does it run on?
Windows 7 Home Premium 39.02%
Windows 7 Professional 13.71%
Windows 7 Ultimate 12.83%
Windows Vista Home Premiu... 6.85%
Windows 10 Home 6.50%
Windows 10 Pro 5.27%

Distribution by countryGeography

63.38% of installs come from the United States
Which countries install it?
  United States 63.38%
  Canada 6.75%
  Germany 4.16%
  France 3.64%
  Italy 3.12%
  United Kingdom 2.47%
  Australia 1.17%
  Russia 1.04%
  Sweden 1.04%
  Spain 1.04%
  Netherlands 1.04%
  Switzerland 0.91%
  Belgium 0.78%
  Israel 0.78%

OEM distributionPC manufacturers

What PC manufacturers (OEMs) have it installed?
Hewlett-Packard 29.97%
Dell 28.08%
Acer 10.09%
ASUS 7.57%
Toshiba 6.31%
Intel 4.10%
Lenovo 2.52%
Samsung 2.21%
Medion 1.26%
Sony 0.63%
Gateway 0.63%
Common models
HP Pavilion dv7 Notebook ... 8.33%
HP Pavilion dv6 Notebook ... 5.39%
Dell Dell System XPS L7... 2.94%
ASUS All Series 2.94%
Dell XPS 8300 2.45%
Dell Studio XPS 8100 2.45%

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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