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Hiding the WD Smartware virtual CD on a Mac

I really like Western Digital MyBook Essential drives. They’re inexpensive, they last (my 1TB drive is four or five years old, and survived moving between continents), and they’re reasonably quick. They have one drawback: a virtual CD they mount constantly. I’ve hidden the VCD on one of my drives using the WD software, but the other one keeps coming back. You can follow the process I gave for hiding partitions to hide this VCD:

  • First, run diskutil list | grep SmartWare to get your device identifier
  • Second, get your UUID following the process in the other post
  • Lastly, using vifs, add a line to your fstab that looks like this: UUID=9B5B83B0-58E6-3EC1-8472-4B300F6853E5 none hfs ro,noauto (replacing my UUID with your own)

Keep disk volumes from automounting in Mac OS X

I currently have two large external drives with a number of partitions I’m using to clean up and organize my accumulated files. I only need to see those volumes when I’m actually doing the organization, and I definitely don’t want to see them when I’m running the App Store, as they really slow things down and result in a list of 45 applications that need updating. I decided to figure out how to keep them from showing up, and I’ll walk you through the process here. Continue reading