About the Western Digital® SmartWare™ Virtual CD
The WD SmartWare Virtual CD (VCD) included on your WD hard drive mimics an ordinary physical CD that is indistinguishable to your hard drive. The WD SmartWare VCD contains the software you need to start using the WD SmartWare software to organize, back up, retrieve, and secure your files as well as other essential information, and has the additional benefit of avoiding wear and tear, damage, or loss of a physical CD.
In addition, updates to the WD SmartWare VCD, when available, are automatically downloaded from the web to your drive so you don’t have to wait for the arrival of a physical replacement CD.
To view the contents of the WD SmartWare VCD, do one of the following:
- For Windows, right-click the WD SmartWare VCD icon; then choose Open from the drop-down menu.
- For the Macintosh, double-click the WD SmartWare icon on the desktop.
What’s on the WD SmartWare VCD?
The WD SmartWare VCD includes the following:
- Unlock Application
The Unlock application lets you plug your WD SmartWare drive into any computer and unlock it manually, ensuring that your data is secure until you choose to make it available.
- WD SmartWare Software Installation Icon
- The WD SmartWare icon lets you start the software installation process. Double-click the WD SmartWare icon to begin installing the WD SmartWare software.
- Extras Folder
The Extras folder includes a Quick Install Guide, a PDF document that shows you how to quickly connect your WD drive to your computer. In addition, a shortcut to the Adobe.com web site is provided to let you download the latest version of the Adobe Acrobat Reader application for opening, viewing, and printing the Quick Install Guide, if desired.
The User Manual folder provides the User Manual for the My Book and My Passport devices. The User Manual, provided in 22 languages, is available by double-clicking the folder containing the desired language, and includes information about available support, connecting your drive, installing the WD SmartWare software, backing up and retrieving files, and customizing your drive. In addition, a Troubleshooting and Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) section is included.
- WD SmartWare Folder
The WD SmartWare folder contains various components of the WD SmartWare software that comprise the overall product. In addition, automated updates to the software are placed in this folder.
WD SmartWare is a trademark of Western Digital Technologies. © 2009 Western Digital Technologies, Inc. All rights reserved. Please visit our web site at http:support.wdc.com/warranty for the detailed terms and conditions of our limited warranty for your hardware and for a list of the specific countries in these regions.