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Should I remove WD Drive Manager x86?

What percent of users and experts removed it?
9% remove it91% keep it
Overall Sentiment
Very good
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How common is it?
Global Rank #15,847
United States Rank #11,488
Reach 0.0168%


2.116 1.81%
2.115 30.12%
2.113 2.11%
2.111 2.41%
2.107 25.00%
2.105 2.11%
2.103 14.46%
2.93 2.11%
2.67 10.24%
2.62 9.64%

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WD Drive Manager x86

What is WD Drive Manager x86?  (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 x86 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. 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 main program executable is controlPanelIcon.exe. The software installer includes 8 files and is usually about 855.5 KB (876,032 bytes). In comparison to the total number of users, most PCs are running the OS Windows 7 (SP1) as well as Windows Vista (SP2). While about 64% of users of WD Drive Manager x86 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{813EE1F0-D251-4F98-AC91-9B98CF22717E}
(The Windows Installer is used for the installation, maintenance, and removal.)
Estimated size: 855.5 KB
Language: English (United States)

Program filesFiles installed by WD Drive Manager x86

Program executable:controlPanelIcon.exe
Additional files:
  • wdraidmgrui.exe - Applicazione RAID Manager (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

Scheduled Task
  • wdbtnmgrui.exe is scheduled as a task with the class '{E14F225D-5701-4FA4-A06F-00C400384CDE}' (runs on registration).
  • 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:3.02 MB
21.09 MB average
Total CPU:0.0001240262%
0.031193% average
Kernel CPU:0.00003918%
0.016088% average
User CPU:0.00008485%
0.015104% average
CPU cycles/sec:599,424
8,062,084 average
I/O reads/min:5 Bytes
435.61 KB average
I/O writes/min:5 Bytes
105.02 KB average
Memory:3.14 MB
Total CPU:0.0001432857%
Kernel CPU:0.00006850%
User CPU:0.00007479%
CPU cycles/sec:4,663,648
I/O reads/min:5 Bytes
I/O writes/min:5 Bytes

How do I remove WD Drive Manager x86?

You can uninstall WD Drive Manager x86 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 (x86), 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 x86.

Win 7 (SP1) 32%
Win Vista (SP1) 1%
Automatically starts? Yes
(Found in the run registry)
Uninstall it 9%
Keep it 91%

Windows OS versionsWindows

Which Windows OS versions does it run on?
Windows 7 33.73%
Windows Vista 31.93%
Windows XP 29.22%
Windows 10 5.12%
Which OS releases does it run on?
Microsoft Windows XP 28.53%
Windows Vista Home Premiu... 25.46%
Windows 7 Home Premium 15.34%
Windows 7 Professional 10.43%
Windows 7 Ultimate 7.36%
Windows Vista Home Basic 2.76%

Distribution by countryGeography

63.82% of installs come from the United States
Which countries install it?
  United States 63.82%
  Canada 5.62%
  Germany 4.27%
  France 4.04%
  United Kingdom 3.15%
  Australia 2.25%
  Italy 1.57%
  Greece 1.35%
  Israel 0.90%
  Netherlands 0.90%
  Singapore 0.67%
  Switzerland 0.67%
  Mexico 0.67%
  Romania 0.67%

OEM distributionPC manufacturers

What PC manufacturers (OEMs) have it installed?
Dell 41.70%
Hewlett-Packard 22.55%
Toshiba 8.94%
Acer 8.09%
Intel 5.11%
American Megatrends 4.26%
Medion 2.13%
Sony 0.85%
Sahara 0.85%
Samsung 0.85%
Lenovo 0.43%
Common models
HP Pavilion dv7 Notebook ... 4.11%
Dell Dell DM061 4.11%
Dell Dell XPS420 3.42%
Dell Dell DXP061 2.74%
Dell XPS M1530 2.74%
TOSHIBA Satellite A205 2.74%

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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