Hey wow! A virtual CD. Just what I never wanted.

Posted on February 9, 2010 | by Eric

For anyone taking data back and forth to court, there is very little argument that the little USB powered drives that now hold up to 1TB are the greatest thing to happen since McDonalds slapped an extra piece of bread in the middle of a double cheeseburger and poured Thousand Island dressing on it.  Being able to palm the entire document, demonstrative and video population for a huge trial is a dream come true.

For whatever reason, the manufacturers of these drives have decided since there is a 100% positive reaction from consumers to crapware on PCs, that they’d load their own drives down with annoying junk that no one asks for and no one wants.

So attention Western Digital, Seagate and all of your hard drive cousins.  No one wants a pretend virtual CD taking up space and bothering them to install stuff when they just want a drive to keep stuff on.

I’ll tell you what, if I’m looking at the selection of drives at the store, and one of them says “This is a hard drive only, there is no space wasted and it will not hassle you with software no one wants” that’s the one I’m buying.  I’d even pay a premium for less stuff.


 
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      February 10th, 2010 @ 3:29 pm

      Donnie said:

      I couldn’t agree more. Please note that some of the drive manufacturers allow you to remove or disable the virtual CD from USB Hard Drives and Thumb Drives.

      Two that come to mind are the Western Digital Passport line (love these drives)
      http://www.wdc.com/wdproducts/updates/?family=wdsmartwareutilities

      and any thumb drive with the U3 launchpad.
      http://www.u3.com/support/default.aspx#CQ3

      But beware not all manufacturers allow you to do this (yes I’m looking your way Buffalo Technology)

      It’s always good practice to go to the manufacturer’s website when you buy a new product and look for software/firmware updates – even if its just a simple portable hard drive.