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Should I remove WD Drive Utilities?

What percent of users and experts removed it?
5% remove it95% keep it
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How common is it?
Global Rank #6,572
United States Rank #5,924
Reach 0.0673%
Lifespan of installation (until removal)
< 17.76 days
524.02 days >
Average installed length: 275.33 days


VersionDistribution 45.02%
1.0.0 54.98%

Typically installed together

WD Drive Utilities

What is WD Drive Utilities?

WD Drive Utilities and WD Security, are contained within the WD Drive Utilities and the WD Security zip files and installs custom Western Digital software for WD USB and FireWire enabled external hard drives. WD Drive Utilities software allows you to configure, manage, and diagnose your WD drive.


The most common release is 1.0.0, with over 98% of all installations currently using this version. During setup, the program creates a startup registration point in Windows in order to automatically start when any user boots the PC. The primary executable is named WDDriveUtilities.exe. The setup package generally installs about 14 files and is usually about 10.39 MB (10,890,377 bytes). The installed file WDUpdateRCW.dll is the auto-update component of the program which is designed to check for software updates and notify and apply them when new versions are discovered.

Program detailsProgram details

URL: support.wdc.com
Installation folder: C:\Program Files\Western Digital\WD Apps\
Uninstaller: MsiExec.exe /X{3E9C9EE1-1964-4519-BF80-652E7F415ECF}
(The Windows Installer is used for the installation, maintenance, and removal.)
Estimated size: 10.39 MB
Language: English (United States)

Program filesFiles installed by WD Drive Utilities

Program executable:WDDriveUtilities.exe
Name:WD Drive Utilities
Path:C:\Program Files\Western Digital\WD Apps\WDDriveUtilities.exe
Additional files:
  • WDDriveAutoUnlock.exe - WD Drive Auto Unlock
  • WD Quick Formatter.exe - WDQuickFormatter.exe
  • WDLocale.dll - WD Shared Libraries (WD Locale)
  • WDUtilities.dll - WDUtilities
  • WDDriveUtilities.exe - WD Drive Utilities
  • WDUpdateRCW.dll - WDUpdateRCW
  • WDUpdate.dll - WD Update
  • WDUnzip.exe
  • WDControls.dll - WDControls (WD Controls)
  • WDDriveSecurity.exe - WDSecurity (WD Security)
  • WDDM.dll - WDDM

Program behaviorsBehaviors exhibited

Startup File (All Users Run)
  • WDDriveAutoUnlock.exe is loaded in the all users (HKLM) registry as a startup file name 'WD Drive Unlocker' which loads as C:\Program Files\Western Digital\WD Apps\WDDriveAutoUnlock.exe.

Program resource utilizationResource utilization averages

Memory:2.8 MB
21.09 MB average
Total CPU:0.0000550939%
0.031193% average
Kernel CPU:0.00002476%
0.016088% average
User CPU:0.00003033%
0.015104% average
CPU cycles/sec:2,309,781
8,062,084 average
70 average
I/O reads/min:16.37 KB
435.61 KB average

How do I remove WD Drive Utilities?

You can uninstall WD Drive Utilities 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 Utilities, 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 Utilities.

Win 7 (SP1) 63%
Win 7 0%
Automatically starts? Yes
(Found in the run registry)
Uninstall it 5%
Keep it 95%

Windows OS versionsWindows

Which Windows OS versions does it run on?
Windows 7 66.62%
Windows 10 19.74%
Windows Vista 8.21%
Windows XP 5.43%
Which OS releases does it run on?
Windows 7 Home Premium 40.58%
Windows 7 Ultimate 11.70%
Windows 7 Professional 11.32%
Windows Vista Home Premiu... 6.23%
Microsoft Windows XP 5.40%
Windows 8.1 4.48%

Distribution by countryGeography

51.17% of installs come from the United States
Which countries install it?
  United States 51.17%
  France 4.85%
  Canada 4.55%
  United Kingdom 4.05%
  Germany 2.70%
  Australia 2.40%
  Italy 2.33%
  Iran 1.60%
  India 1.47%
  Brazil 1.35%
  Netherlands 1.23%
  Indonesia 1.17%
  Spain 1.11%
  Sweden 0.98%

OEM distributionPC manufacturers

What PC manufacturers (OEMs) have it installed?
Hewlett-Packard 30.42%
Dell 23.50%
Acer 12.03%
ASUS 10.44%
Toshiba 8.40%
Samsung 5.33%
Lenovo 3.86%
Medion 0.91%
Alienware 0.79%
Intel 0.79%
Common models
HP Pavilion dv6 Notebook ... 9.60%
HP Pavilion dv7 Notebook ... 5.87%
HP Pavilion g6 Notebook P... 3.47%
Dell Dell System XPS L5... 2.13%
Dell Studio 1558 1.87%
HP G62 Notebook PC 1.87%

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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