How to Remove HP Mobile Protection Sensor Driver hpdskflt.sys Solved

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  1. Steve C's Avatar
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    How to Remove HP Mobile Protection Sensor Driver hpdskflt.sys


    I just bought a new HP ProBook SSD based laptop.

    There is a system device in Device Manager - HP Mobile Protection Sensor which installs a low level disk driver hpdskflt.sys for the SSD. This is useless since the SSD needs no protection.

    There is no relevant installed program. I uninstalled the device and driver in Device Manager but it just reinstalls on reboot. How can I remove or disable this device?
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  2. Samuria's Avatar
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    Check in the BIOS there are setting for hp and Intel which stop the disk being copied or cloned
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  3. Steve C's Avatar
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    Nothing in the BIOS. You also can't disable the device in Device Manager
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    Yea they say that this driver helps park the HDD header when laptop is shut so it wouldn't damage the internal disks on strong movements but there had been a lot of people complaining it causes BSOD and demanded it to be removed so there were suggestions like these Remove hpdskflt.sys - how to permanently delete the file from your computer which basically requires you search and delete all instances found on your HDD / SSD so no copies are re-installed upon deletion .

    Other posts indicate that the driver re-installs from some unknown package of HP utilities they can't quite identify then they suggest you either uninstall all HP packages claiming they are nothing but bloatware or just clean install windows .

    But here is something i usually do when traditional methods fail , you can always use File Unlocker * to remove original file then replace it by a 0 byte text file you rename into same name ( hpdskflt.sys ) where you set its attributes to Read-Only & System , so it can't be replaced by background services later .

    This previous mean is usually 99% efficient , but to be sure you should check event viewer in a day see if it started accumulating errors due to its absence which would mean that there are other HP apps on the system are trying to call it , this has its cons and pros if it happens actually , at least you will know what package the driver belongs to where you can un-install it , as con , if the package turned out to be essential package you can't just get rid of you may either just live with generated errors or just get the file back in place and call it today .

    Of course if the file did not produce any errors then its as good as gone .

    Cheers


    * if File Unlocker fails a restart to Safe Mode or Windows P.E might be needed
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  6. Steve C's Avatar
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    nIGHTmAYOR said: View Post
    Yea they say that this driver helps park the HDD header when laptop is shut so it wouldn't damage the internal disks on strong movements but there had been a lot of people complaining it causes BSOD and demanded it to be removed so there were suggestions like these Remove hpdskflt.sys - how to permanently delete the file from your computer which basically requires you search and delete all instances found on your HDD / SSD so no copies are re-installed upon deletion .

    Other posts indicate that the driver re-installs from some unknown package of HP utilities they can't quite identify then they suggest you either uninstall all HP packages claiming they are nothing but bloatware or just clean install windows .

    But here is something i usually do when traditional methods fail , you can always use File Unlocker * to remove original file then replace it by a 0 byte text file you rename into same name ( hpdskflt.sys ) where you set its attributes to Read-Only & System , so it can't be replaced by background services later .

    This previous mean is usually 99% efficient , but to be sure you should check event viewer in a day see if it started accumulating errors due to its absence which would mean that there are other HP apps on the system are trying to call it , this has its cons and pros if it happens actually , at least you will know what package the driver belongs to where you can un-install it , as con , if the package turned out to be essential package you can't just get rid of you may either just live with generated errors or just get the file back in place and call it today .

    Of course if the file did not produce any errors then its as good as gone .

    Cheers


    * if File Unlocker fails a restart to Safe Mode or Windows P.E might be needed
    I get really annoyed when such poorly designed software is installed which has no useful function and cannot be easily removed!
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  7. Bree's Avatar
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    Steve C said: View Post
    I get really annoyed when such poorly designed software is installed which has no useful function and cannot be easily removed!

    You have quite a few 'how do I remove HP's this that or the other' threads. Have you considered a clean install from plain-vanilla MS media? You could make a system image first if you ever felt the need to restore it to 'factory' specs.
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  8. Steve C's Avatar
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    Bree said: View Post
    You have quite a few 'how do I remove HP's this that or the other' threads. Have you considered a clean install from plain-vanilla MS media? You could make a system image first if you ever felt the need to restore it to 'factory' specs.
    I don't think a clean install will work in this case. HP Mobile Protection Sensor is a system device which Windows insists on installing automatically. My Dell laptop has an option to disable a similar device but the disable option is unavailable in this for the HP laptop. You can uninstall the device and driver but it is just reinstalled at the next boot. This is poor software engineering when you are forced to install an unnecessary device.
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  9. thomaseg1's Avatar
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    All I can find on it is quite limited. hp support merely says to reinstall
    newest version if getting BSODs. Nada about getting rid of it permanently .
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  10. Steve C's Avatar
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    thomaseg1 said: View Post
    All I can find on it is quite limited. hp support merely says to reinstall
    newest version if getting BSODs. Nada about getting rid of it permanently .
    It seems users are stuck with this despite only having a SSD. I'll leave a ticket with HP and see if they can be bothered to do anything.
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