Fix No writable WD Smartware Partition Found and Recover Data

Roxanne updated on Sep 17, 2020 to Data Recovery Resouce | How-to Articles

WD My Passport not recognized or become inaccessible in Windows or Mac due to No writable WD SmartWare partition found error? Here, useful instructions and tutorials are created to help you fix the issue on Western digital hard drive and recover lost partition data.

How do I recover lost partition to fix 'No writable WD SmartWare partition found' error

"I purchased a My Passport 1TB and have successfully installed this drive to do a few backups. But since last night, it keeps saying 'No writable WD SmartWare partition found' and becomes inaccessible. There are thousands of photos and film used at work on the disk and I do not want to lose my data. So, is there any application, software or method to fix the issue and restore the lost partition?"

Overview of 'No writable WD SmartWare partition found' error

'No writable WD SmartWare partition found' is an error that usually makes the Western external hard drive not recognized or inaccessible. Just like the case mentioned above, many users have troubled by this issue on the Western Digital hard drive, especially on My Passport in Windows operating system and Mac. If you are unfortunately encountering such a situation, you may take the risk of data loss and disk replacement. But don't worry! Here, some useful instructions and tutorials are created to help you fix 'No writable WD SmartWare partition found' problem and recover lost partition data. 

How to fix 'No writable WD SmartWare partition found' error without losing data 

Just follow the two steps below and then you can fix the error without data loss.

Step 1. Recover data from the inaccessible Western digital hard drive 

To recover data from the Western Digital hard drive when it cannot open due to 'No writable WD SmartWare partition found' error, you can try EaseUS hard drive recovery software. It works well to retrieve data from lost partition. Here, if you are using Mac, just download the Mac version.

1. Connect WD external hard drive to PC, download and launch EaseUS free data recovery software, select the disk and click "Scan" button.

2. The software will soon start a quick scan to find the lost & existing data on the WD hard drive partition. After it completed, a deep scan will automatically launch in order to find more files.

3. After the scan, preview and choose the files you want. Finally, click "Recover" button to retrieve them back from WD hard drive.

Recover data from Western digital hard drive when it cannot open due to 'No writable WD SmartWare partition found' error

Step 2. Reformat Western digital hard drive using disk management tool

After restoring all your data, you can try to reformat WD external hard drive using disk management tool to fix the 'No writable WD SmartWare partition found' issue. 

1. Open disk management tool.

  • In Windows 7, right-click Computer, choose Manage > Disk Management. 
  • In Windows 8 and 10, Press Win+R key, in the Run dialog box, type diskmgmt.msc then press Enter key.

2. In the list of all available drives/devices, find the drive listing that corresponds to the one that you want to partition and format. It typically has a black bar indicating unallocated space.

3. Right-click on the black bar to see a menu of available options. Left-click on New Simple Volume.

Reformat Western digital hard drive to fix 'No writable WD SmartWare partition found' error

4. The Welcome to the New Simple Volume Wizard will appear. Just follow the wizard to reformat the Western digital hard drive.

After finishing all the steps, you will find the bar of the Western Digital hard drive become blue and the drive will show Healthy. And you will no longer get the 'No writable WD SmartWare partition found' error message.

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Frequently Asked Questions

1. Why choose EaseUS Data Recovery Wizard?

"EaseUS Data Recovery Wizard is the best we've seen. It's far from perfect, partly because today's advanced disk technology makes data-recovery more difficult than it was with the simpler technology of the past, but it's fast and efficient..."PCMag

"The first thing you'll notice about EaseUS Data Recovery Wizard Pro is that its interface is very clear and uncluttered, with only a small collection of self-explanatory controls. You won't find lots of extra options hidden in a system of hidden menus, either; what you see really is what you get."techradar

"Recover lost files, even after deleting a partition or formatting your drive."Macworld

2. Why cannot I recover 2GB data for free?

It is recommended to check the version installed is Free or Trial because they are different versions.

Trial has data preview function but cannot save any files, while the Free version enables to recover 2 GB files. The default free space is 500 MB and you may share the product on social media to get another 1.5 GB.

3. Why cannot the recovered files be opened?

A file is saved as 2 parts on the storage device: directory info (which is comprised by file name, time stamp and size info, etc.) and data content.

If the files with original file names and folder structures cannot be opened, one possible reason is the corrupted directory info. There is still a chance to recover the data content with the RAW Recovery method in our software.

4. Why isn't it suggested to recover the files back to the original drive?

The storage structure of the lost files would be altered or damaged by any changes on the drive. If you save the recovered files back to the same drive, the original data structures and data content would be corrupted or overwritten, which causes permanent data loss. So you should prepare another disk to save the files.

5. How can I check whether my data is recoverable or not before purchase?

The Free version helps you save 2GB files, so verify the recovery quality of our product before purchase.

6. How long does it take to scan the drive?

It strongly depends on the capacity of your hard drive and the performance of your computer. As reference,most drive recoveries can be completed in around 10 to 12 hours for a 1-TB healthy hard drive in general conditions.

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