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Should I remove WD SmartWare Drive Manager?

What percent of users and experts removed it?
4% remove it96% keep it
Overall Sentiment
Very good
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How common is it?
Global Rank #10,606
United States Rank #8,809
Reach 0.0332%
Lifespan of installation (until removal)
< 4.02 days
118.69 days >
Average installed length: 62.36 days


1.5.0 72.67% 27.33%

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WD SmartWare Drive Manager

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

WD SmartWare Pro automatic backup software offers an easy way to back up and protect your important files. With a variety of backup options: file/folder, category, scheduled, even cloud backup. WD SmartWare Pro fits into anyone's busy life.

This versatile, flexible software comes pre-loaded on select WD drives a...  Read more


WD SmartWare Drive Manager is a software program developed by Western Digital Technologies. The most common release is 1.5.0, 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. Upon being installed, the software adds a Windows Service which is designed to run continuously in the background. Manually stopping the service has been seen to cause the program to stop functing properly. 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 programs's main executable is wddmservice.exe and has been seen to consume an average CPU of less than one percent, and utilizes about 12.05 MB of memory. The setup package generally installs about 3 files and is usually about 1.18 MB (1,241,088 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 54% of users of WD SmartWare Drive Manager come from the United States, it is also popular in Germany and Canada.

Program detailsProgram details

URL: www.wdc.com
Help link: www.support.wdc.com
Installation folder: C:\Program Files\Western Digital\WD SmartWare Drive Manager\
Uninstaller: MsiExec.exe /X{BEC2EFB7-93E4-4F5F-B056-602ACEC2B759}
(The Windows Installer is used for the installation, maintenance, and removal.)
Estimated size: 1.18 MB
Language: English (United States)

Program filesFiles installed by WD SmartWare Drive Manager

Program executable:wddmservice.exe
WD Drive Manager Service
Path:C:\Program Files\western digital\wd smartware\wd drive manager\wddmservice.exe
Additional files:
  • wddmstatus.exe - WD Drive Manager Status

Program behaviorsBehaviors exhibited

Scheduled Task
  • wddmservice.exe is scheduled as a task with the class '{E3E39501-7D48-4DE6-8F61-7405928D65C2}' (runs on registration).
  • wddmservice.exe runs as a service named 'WD SmartWare Drive Manager' (WDDMService) "Provides functionality for Western Digital disk drives.".
Startup File (All Users Run)
  • wddmservice.exe is loaded in the all users (HKLM) registry as a startup file name 'WDDMService' which loads as C:\Program Files\Western Digital\WD SmartWare\WD Drive Manager\WDDMService.exe.

Program resource utilizationResource utilization averages

Memory:12.05 MB
21.09 MB average
Total CPU:0.0000333803%
0.031193% average
Kernel CPU:0.00002492%
0.016088% average
User CPU:0.00000846%
0.015104% average
Memory:11.34 MB
Total CPU:0.0000365429%
Kernel CPU:0.00000775%
User CPU:0.00002880%

How do I remove WD SmartWare Drive Manager?

You can uninstall WD SmartWare Drive Manager 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 SmartWare Drive Manager, 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 SmartWare Drive Manager.

Win 7 (SP1) 66%
Win Vista 0%
Automatically starts? Yes
(Found in the run registry)
Uninstall it 4%
Keep it 96%

Windows OS versionsWindows

Which Windows OS versions does it run on?
Windows 7 69.16%
Windows 10 21.22%
Windows XP 4.89%
Windows Vista 4.73%
Which OS releases does it run on?
Windows 7 Home Premium 40.77%
Windows 7 Professional 14.77%
Windows 7 Ultimate 12.00%
Windows 10 Home 6.92%
Windows 8.1 5.08%
Microsoft Windows XP 4.62%

Distribution by countryGeography

53.65% of installs come from the United States
Which countries install it?
  United States 53.65%
  Germany 7.78%
  Canada 6.95%
  United Kingdom 5.99%
  Netherlands 3.95%
  Australia 2.16%
  Italy 1.44%
  France 1.32%
  Singapore 1.08%
  Belgium 1.08%
  DK 1.08%
  Spain 0.96%
  Norway 0.72%
  Sweden 0.72%

OEM distributionPC manufacturers

What PC manufacturers (OEMs) have it installed?
Hewlett-Packard 26.95%
Dell 26.68%
Acer 15.63%
ASUS 7.55%
Toshiba 6.74%
Samsung 3.50%
Lenovo 2.16%
Medion 1.62%
Sony 1.08%
Apple 1.08%
Alienware 0.81%
Common models
HP Pavilion dv7 Notebook ... 5.35%
HP Pavilion dv6 Notebook ... 4.81%
HP Pavilion g7 Notebook P... 2.67%
Dell XPS 8500 2.14%
HP G62 Notebook PC 2.14%
HP Pavilion dv9700 Notebo... 2.14%

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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