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Western Digital MyPassport

by Andrew De Ponte (@cyphactor)

So, recently I bought a Western Digital (WD) MyPassport portable 500GB hard drive. I found when plugging it in that it had a very annoying Virtual CD built into its firmware called WD SmartWare which I was not the least bit interested in using. All, I wanted was an external USB hard drive that was portable and just worked. So, the first thing I tried was to reformat it to a Journaled Mac OS X file system. Once, I reformatted it, I was able to copy files too and from the external drive just like I wanted to be. However, every time I plugged the external drive in it would also mount this stupid Virtual CD which I didn’t want to deal with.

So, I googled around a bit for a way to stop this thing from mounting and coming up every time I plug the external drive in. I found a bunch of articles outlining how to update the firmware on the external hard drive and a bunch of very long step by step processes all just to get this stupid Virtual CD to go away. Soon, enough I found the answer I was looking for. It was simply to grab the UUID of the Volume by using the following command:

diskutil info /Volumes/WD\ SmartWare/

Once, I had the UUID of the Volume then I created the /etc/fstab file and added the following line to it.

UUID=84789472-2EB5-3C8E-BFC1-F554F91B026C none hfs rw,noauto 0 0

In my opinion this was a much better solution as it just disabled the auto mounting of that volume and didn’t require a firmware flash or anything crazy just to get rid of the stupid Virtual CD. Anyways, I probably made this post more for me than any of you. Though, hopefully someone else finds this tid bit useful as well.