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WesternDigital Passport Essential SE 1TB

November 24, 2009 Leave a comment
The drive contained within is a WD10TMVV, SATA bridged to USB 2.5” 1TB disk, a portable version of the currently elusive WD10TEVT, though interestingly this drive has a native USB port rather than the more familiar SATA connection.

It comes formatted as NTFS :

Disk /dev/sds: 999.5 GB,  999501594624 bytes
255 heads, 63  sectors/track, 121515 cylinders
Units = cylinders of 16065 *  512 = 8225280 bytes
Device Boot       Start         End      Blocks   Id  System
/dev/sds1                1      121516   976074752    7  HPFS/NTFS

SMART details :

Device Model:     WDC  WD10TMVV-11A27S0
Serial Number:     WD-WX30A990xxxx
Firmware Version: 01.01A01
User Capacity:     1,000,204,886,016 bytes

Linux detection :

scsi 10:0:0:0:  Direct-Access     WD       My Passport 070A 1030 PQ: 0 ANSI: 4
sd 10:0:0:0: [sds]  1952151552 512-byte hardware sectors: (999 GB/930 GiB)
sd 10:0:0:0: [sds] Write  Protect is off
sd 10:0:0:0: [sds] Mode  Sense: 23 00 10 00
sd 10:0:0:0: [sds] Assuming  drive cache: write through
sd 10:0:0:0: [sds] Assuming  drive cache: write through
sds:<5>sd 10:0:0:0:  Attached scsi generic sg18 type 0
scsi 10:0:0:1:  CD-ROM            WD       Virtual CD 070A  1030 PQ: 0 ANSI: 4
sd 10:0:0:0: [sds] Attached  SCSI disk
scsi 10:0:0:1: Attached  scsi generic sg19 type 5
scsi 10:0:0:2:  Enclosure         WD       SES Device       1030 PQ: 0 ANSI: 4
scsi 10:0:0:2: Attached  scsi generic sg20 type 13

Hmm, there seems to be a large discrepancy between the SMART size details and the partition table, probably the ‘Virtual CD’ above that WD seem to have cobbled into the drive firmware ?

On WDC’s support page I find this which claims to disable the ‘Virtual CD’ crapware, perhaps useful for anyone frustrated by having a CD appear each time they plug in the drive :

Mac : http://www.wdc.com/wdproducts/updates/?family=wdsmartwareutilitiesmac
Windows : http://www.wdc.com/wdproducts/updates/?family=wdsmartwareutilities

Indeed, after running the above tools, the ‘Virtual CD’ is now hidden from view :

scsi 11:0:0:0:  Direct-Access     WD       My Passport 070A 1032 PQ: 0 ANSI: 4
sd 11:0:0:0: [sds]  1952151552 512-byte hardware sectors: (999 GB/930 GiB)
sd 11:0:0:0: [sds] Write  Protect is off
sd 11:0:0:0: [sds] Mode  Sense: 23 00 10 00
sd 11:0:0:0: [sds] Assuming  drive cache: write through
sd 11:0:0:0: [sds] Assuming  drive cache: write through
sds:<5>sd 11:0:0:0:  Attached scsi generic sg18 type 0
sds1
scsi 11:0:0:1:  Enclosure         WD       SES Device       1032 PQ: 0 ANSI: 4
sd 11:0:0:0: [sds] Attached  SCSI disk
scsi 11:0:0:1: Attached  scsi generic sg19 type 13

Though the capacity remains the same with approximately 700MB lost to unwanted WesternDigital crapware, so this 1TB drive is in fact not really 1TB at all.

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Enable ARD / VNC on command line

November 5, 2009 1 comment

This is a handy OSX tip if you’re working away from home and have only SSH access, but would find it useful to open a VNC session through the SSH tunnel.

# Enable Remote Desktop (a.k.a. Screen Sharing, a.k.a. VNC)
$ sudo /System/Library/CoreServices/RemoteManagement/ARDAgent.app/Contents/Resources/kickstart -activate -configure -access -on -clientopts -setvnclegacy -vnclegacy yes -clientopts -setvncpw -vncpw mypasswd -restart -agent -privs -all

# Disable Remote Desktop
$ sudo /System/Library/CoreServices/RemoteManagement/ARDAgent.app/Contents/Resources/kickstart -deactivate -configure -access -off -stop

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