What is WDBackupEngine.exe?

The genuine WDBackupEngine.exe file is a software component of WD SmartWare by Western Digital Technologies.
WD Smartware is a backup application that is designed to automatically protect date through continuous backup initiated whenever changes are made to a file. It retrieveslost files effortlessly and restores data to its original location. The WD SmartWare control Centre allows backups to be customised, drive security levels set, diagnostics run and power settings managed.

WDBackupEngine stands for Western Digital Backup Engine

The .exe extension on a filename indicates an executable file. Executable files may, in some cases, harm your computer. Therefore, please read below to decide for yourself whether the WDBackupEngine.exe on your computer is a Trojan that you should remove, or whether it is a file belonging to the Windows operating system or to a trusted application.

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WDBackupEngine.exe file information

Windows Task Manager with WDBackupEngine
WDBackupEngine.exe process in Windows Task Manager

The process known as WD Backup Engine belongs to software WD SmartWare by Western Digital Technologies ( or Western Digital (

Description: WDBackupEngine.exe is not essential for the Windows OS and causes relatively few problems. WDBackupEngine.exe is located in a subfolder of "C:\Program Files". Known file sizes on Windows 10/8/7/XP are 1,042,808 bytes (52% of all occurrences), 1,049,464 bytes and 4 more variants. 
The program is not visible. The file is a Verisign signed file. The file has a digital signature. It is not a Windows core file. The application can be uninstalled in the Control Panel. Therefore the technical security rating is 9% dangerous, however you should also read the user reviews.

Uninstalling this variant: There is a possibility to do the following:

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Important: Some malware camouflages itself as WDBackupEngine.exe, particularly when located in the C:\Windows or C:\Windows\System32 folder. Therefore, you should check the WDBackupEngine.exe process on your PC to see if it is a threat. We recommend Security Task Manager for verifying your computer's security. This was one of the Top Download Picks of The Washington Post and PC World.


User Comments

I have just found WDBackupEngine running on my PC and writing to disk, even though I have no WD drives attached. I do have a WD external HD, but the only WD software I want is the password protection for that drive. Where does WDBackupEngine store its backup? I don't want copies of sensitive data files witten in locations I don't know about.

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Best practices for resolving WDBackupEngine issues

A clean and tidy computer is the key requirement for avoiding problems with WDBackupEngine. This means running a scan for malware, cleaning your hard drive using 1cleanmgr and 2sfc /scannow, 3uninstalling programs that you no longer need, checking for Autostart programs (using 4msconfig) and enabling Windows' 5Automatic Update. Always remember to perform periodic backups, or at least to set restore points.

Should you experience an actual problem, try to recall the last thing you did, or the last thing you installed before the problem appeared for the first time. Use the 6resmon command to identify the processes that are causing your problem. Even for serious problems, rather than reinstalling Windows, you are better off repairing of your installation or, for Windows 8 and later versions, executing the 7DISM.exe /Online /Cleanup-image /Restorehealth command. This allows you to repair the operating system without losing data.

To help you analyze the WDBackupEngine.exe process on your computer, the following programs have proven to be helpful: ASecurity Task Manager displays all running Windows tasks, including embedded hidden processes, such as keyboard and browser monitoring or Autostart entries. A unique security risk rating indicates the likelihood of the process being potential spyware, malware or a Trojan. BMalwarebytes Anti-Malware detects and removes sleeping spyware, adware, Trojans, keyloggers, malware and trackers from your hard drive.

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