The only solutions I ever found were listed in that link:
1) Buy an express card/usb3 adaptor - not much use to you if you don't have an express card slot.
2) Buy a new computer - not very practical unless your old one is worn out.
or I suppose
3) Buy a new external drive that is not made by WD - again not very practical.
Until I found the express card solution (entirely by accident incidentally) I just had to remember to unplug the drive before every boot/reboot which is not very satisfactory as you already know I am sure.
Fujitsu Lifebook AH532 Laptop. Intel i5 processor, 6Gb ram, Intel HD3000 graphics, Intel Audio/wifi. Realtek RTL8111/8168B Ethernet.Ubuntu12.10 (Unity), Mint14 (Cinnamon), Manjaro (Xfce).