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I have noticed that more and more external hard drives are full of crapware. Junk I don't want.

And it's hard to get rid of.

For example, I purchased a 1.5 TB Seagate EHD. I didn't install the crapware that came with the drive and found that every 20 minutes, the drive restarted, with Windows asking what I wanted to do, etc. The data stored on it was completely accessible. It just kept restarting.

With another one, I installed the crapware, but didin't allow one program to access the internet. Some sort of backup software. Then I found that when I shut down, I started getting a write exception, where the computer was trying to write to a protected address. So I did a system restore to a date prior to the installation of the crapware to get rid of that problem.

Now I sense one of my older EHDs is dying and must buy another.

Has anyone had any positive experience with a particular brand, one that has no crapware, or a minimal amount?
 

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i own a few Lacie drives and haven't had any crapware on them. though I do use Mac's in my home so maybe that is why. I hope that someone else here with Windows use can help you out
 

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I've bought a half-dozen iomega external drives to use with Windows machines... and my Bell 9242... over the last few years: zero pre-installed crap! :D
 

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Why not reinitialize the drive? It gets rid of any goofy partitions and data in one swipe. I have seen WD, HP and Lacie drives with "crapware" so I doubt you are going to be able to avoid it entirely.
 

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The crapware is now being installed at the BIOS level. The last WD Passport drives I got for a client required a firmware downgrade to get rid of it!

At least WD gave me the option of not using it, but it was still a pain having to deal with the situation at all.
 
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