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What is wdsc.exe?

Part of WD Shadow Copy Service

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How does wdsc.exe run?

Service - wdsc.exe runs as a background Windows service called 'WDSC' (WD File Management Shadow Engine). This service runs as the SYSTEM account with extensive privileges on the local computer, and acts as the computer on the network. WD File Management Shadow Engine runs as a program that can be started by the Service Controller and that obeys the service control protocol. This type of service runs in a process by itself.


What is the community is seeing?What is the community is doing?
About 0.5% of all Boost users have the wdsc.exe process running.Of the 0.5% of wdsc.exe users, 11.1% have disabled it.
How resource intensive is wdsc.exe?
Comparison based on the average resource utilization across all programs.
0.00821% CPU82073.0%
Average CPU utilization across all programs is 0.00001%.
12.71 MB RAM59.0%
Average private memory utilization across all programs is 21.53 MB.
 3 /min0.1%
Average I/O read and write operations for all programs is 2,253 per minute.
 1 context switches/sec1.0%
Average context switches for all programs is 100 per second.
Typical file (disk image) location:
C:\Program Files\western digital\wd smartware\front parlor\wdsc.exe

Are there other versions of WD Shadow Copy Service?

Why are multiple of the same versions listed?

What modules are loaded?

A module is a dynamic link library (DLL) or an executable file that is loaded into the process. Below is a list of non-system modules that are loaded by WD Shadow Copy Service.

What Windows OS versions does this run on?

Windows 8 Pro (6.2.9200.0)
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File details

File name: wdsc.exe
Name: WD Shadow Copy Service
Description: WD Shadow Copy
Version: 1, 4, 1, 1
Size: 474 KB
Original file name: WDSC.exe

Resource utilization

CPU utilization averages
Total CPU: 0.0134243501%
Privileged CPU: 0.0052170463%
User CPU: 0.00820730372224%
Privileged CPU time: 85.8 ms
Privileged CPU time /min: 7 ms
CPU cycle count: 819,669,213
CPU cycle count /min: 63,853,330
Context switches /sec: 1
Memory utilization averages
Committed memory: 479.82 MB
Peak committed memory: 483.72 MB
Paged memory: 12.71 MB
Peak paged memory: 12.85 MB
Paged system memory: 161.13 KB
Non-paged system memory: 27.42 KB
Working set memory: 14.48 MB
Peak working set memory: 14.57 MB
Min working set memory: 14.48 MB
Private memory: 12.71 MB
Page faults: 4,419
Page faults /min: 344
Process I/O averages
Total read operations: 36
Read operations /min: 3
Total read transfer: 58.79 KB
Read transfer /min: 4.58 KB
Total other operations: 394
Other operations /min: 31
Total other transfer: 4.7 KB
Other Transfer /min: 375 Bytes
Handle count average: 177
Thread count average: 7
Thread resource averages

Process details

Runs as (owner): System
Integrety level: System
Windows platform: 64-bit
Runs as a service: Yes
Parent Process
Process Command
"C:\Program Files\Western Digital\WD Smartware\Front Parlor\WDSC.exe"

Service details

Name: WD File Management Shadow Engine
Service name: WDSC
Service type: Win32OwnProcess
Description: “WD File Management Shadow Engine”

Image hashes

MD5: 3e2b446bfd98ee3ab236fe9e84f35489
SHA-1: c08969594ed831fa77dd91efa48d0a3f97da94a5
SHA-256: 828c072f0a438eb48784f23e56bd3f42494906403e66802d1aaaffb3429d14b1

PE image details

CLR assembly: Yes
Langauge*: Microsoft Visual C# / Basic .NET
File packed: No
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