By Ivy / Last update December 13, 2021

The problem: WD SmartWare not backing up all files

WD SmartWare Not Backing up All files?

I have the latest version of WD smartware and I had smartware running on a couple of Windows 7 machines in continuous backup and it was working fine, but today any amended or new files aren’t being backed up. And it show me: Files Not Backed Up error and File pending backup. Any ideas?

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Files Not Backed Up 

As you can see, WD SmartWare not backing up all files, especially the new files and edited files. It’s common situation when you using the WD SmartWare to backup data.

How to Fix WD SmartWare Files Not Backed Up?

If you got this error, you probably get Windows updates recently. The probable solutions are listed below:

1. uninstall WD SmartWare, delete all backups, and reinstall WD SmartWare.

2. Stop using files that you would like to backup.

Then you could fix this issue. Sometimes, the problem still exists. And you will get the system cannot find the specified path error code 0x80070003. it’s quite annoying.

WD SmartWare limitations

WD SmartWare supports Windows operating system includes Windows 10, 8, 7, Vista to backup files to WD external hard drive. However, It has some limitations that you should pay attention to:

  • It’s only a file backup software for WD external hard drives. You could not backup Windows operating system, entire hard disk, etc.

  • WD SmartWare not backing up large files, new files, edited files, and being used files.

Besides, you may get another error, WD SmartWare continuous backup not working. Hence, this could be the reason why WD recommend you to use WD Backup or other third party backup software.

Considering WD Backup not working sometimes, it’s highly recommended to use the professional Windows backup and restore software - AOMEI Backupper Standard.

Best Free WD SmartWare Alternative - AOMEI Backupper

Compared with WD SmartWare, AOMEI Backupper owns more advanced features, like file backup, file sync, system backup, partition backup, disk backup to avoid WD SmartWare not backing up all files problem. It will backup large file, new added or edited files, even the file is currently being used. AOMEI Backupper Standard perfectly supports all Windows PC systems, including Windows XP, Vista, 7, 8, 8.1, and 10 (all editions, 32-bit & 64-bit).

Before you backup, please do the following:

  • First of all, please download AOMEI Backupper Standard.

Download Freeware

Win 10/8.1/8/7/XP

Secure Download

  • Prepare an external storage device, like HDD/SSD, USB flash drive, etc. to save the file image backup from your computer.

  • SATA-to-USB cable to connect your external hard drive with the computer if it’s only one hard drive slot.

Now, let’s see how to perform file backup easily with AOMEI Backupper:

Step 1. Launch AOMEI Backupper after the installation, select Backup tab at the left panel, then choose File Backup.

File Backup

Step 2. Click + Add Folder or + Add File button to select all the files you would like to backup.

Add Folders Files

★Tip: If many files and folders you want to choose, please pick them and drag to AOMEI Backupper window to add them all. 

Step 3. Choose the external hard drive as destination path to save all the files and folders from your Windows computer.

Select Destination

✍You could backup files to Google Drive, Dropbox, OneDrive, local disk, network share or NAS, CD/DVD, etc. as well.
✍If there are some files that you don’t want to backup, you could click Filter Settings icon when you put the cursor on the folder to exclude files not to backup. It’s premium feature, please upgrade to AOMEI Backupper Professional to enjoy. 

File Backup Filter Settings

File Backup Folder Exclusion

Step 4. Press Start Backup >> to backup files to external hard drive safely in Windows 7/8/10.

Start Backup

★Helpful Tips:
✍Options: It enables you to comment the file backup, encrypt, compress, split the file backup image, even enable email notification.
✍Scheme: You could enable it to delete old backup images while exceed the backup number to maintain.
✍Schedule: It allows you to create a file backup task running once, or daily, weekly, monthly, event triggers, USB plug in, etc. Besides, you could create full backup, incremental or differential backup, etc.

Schedule Settings General


Now, the WD SmartWare not backing up all files error will be avoided forever. Keep the external hard drive safe just in case file crash.

Write in the End

Compared with WD SmartWare, the free file backup software - AOMEI Backupper is more reliable and flexible to backup files, including the new added, edited files, large files or being used files, and you will not bother again with WD SmartWare not backing up all files. If you prefer to backup files as soon as they changed, real time file sync will be your best choice, please upgrade to AOMEI Backupper Professional or other advanced editions to try.

For who is running Windows Server 2003, 2008, 2012, 2016, 2019 (including R2), please try AOMEI Backupper Server to enjoy more features, like command line backup, universal restore, dynamic volume or disk backup/restore/clone, delete old backup images to free up space for your computer, etc.