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WD Mybook Essential causing huge RAM usage spike....

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November 5, 2012 5:23:30 PM

Hello all,

I have a 1TB Western Digital Mybook Essential.

It works just fine as an external hard drive for generic backup storage, no problems there, pretty pleased overall.

However, I noticed that over the past month or so, there are three processes running associated with it that cause occasional RAM spikes that are HUGE.

The chief culprit is:

"WD File Management Engine" (WDFME.EXE)

When this process is running, it will occasionaly spike RAM usage to 80%, sometimes nearly to 90%. WDFME.EXE starts automatically whenever I startup my computer.

I went on some other forums, and some people say that to get around this, they simply shut down all the processes running that are associated with their WD drive when they are working at their computers. These are WD File Management Engine, WD Business Rule, and a third one I cannot remember the name of.

That's what I don't get. I shut down those processes as well, and yet I can still use my drive normally, I can add files to it and delete files from it. It seems that none of the .EXE processes that are running in the background are actually needed for normal drive use.

So, what the heck is WDFME.EXE??? An update engine? Software udpates? Any way to permanently disable it(if it's not needed), to prevent it from being a RAM hog?

This appears to be happening to a lot of people with WD external drives, so I know that this isn't likely to be a problem with my PC.

Thanks in advance....

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November 5, 2012 5:46:42 PM

You can disable startup items using msconfig, you can also break your os if not careful.

http://www.netsquirrel.com/msconfig/index.html

Generally you shouldn't need any software that comes with an external drive, and I wouldn't install it at all. Sometimes they do come with backup programs, but there are likely other options which would work as well or better then something packaged with an external drive.

Be careful using msconfig.
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November 5, 2012 8:01:37 PM

tomatthe said:
You can disable startup items using msconfig, you can also break your os if not careful.

http://www.netsquirrel.com/msconfig/index.html

Generally you shouldn't need any software that comes with an external drive, and I wouldn't install it at all. Sometimes they do come with backup programs, but there are likely other options which would work as well or better then something packaged with an external drive.

Be careful using msconfig.



Thank you Tom for your prompt reply! You confirmed what I suspected and what so many others have done. That the software services that come with external drives isn't actually needed for the drive to function in most cases, and you can just shut that stuff down or not install it in the first place.

Was doing a bit more reading, it seems a lot of people are reporting this RAM issue with WD's software, and quite a few people have contacted WD themselves, and so WD is aware of it.

In fact, according to WD, it appears they made some claims that the problem was fixed, at what level I'm not sure. However, people have reported more recently that they are still having the same issues with their RAM, despite what WD's claims are.

It's looking more and more that WD generally just has some horrendously mismanaged and inefficient software and smartware for its drives. Which is too bad because I have no problems with it otherwise. And my internal drive is WD as well, and that has worked flawlessly for two and a half years.

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November 5, 2012 8:01:52 PM

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