I just had to do a restart on my computer in order for some new Windows things to take effect, and my smartware came back up with the backup option greyed out so I am not able to backup anymore. What to do?
Normally that means it cannot see a drive to back up to. The main screen shows which target drives (plus dropbox if you have Smartware Pro) are available - is your normal target drive listed there?
Oddly enough, it started working again, that is the grey area turned to black, and I was able to backup again, when I unplugged the WD from the usb port and replugged it again. Should I have to do that? In answer to your question, the only thing that I could have chosen from on the screen when it was greyed out was to update to the next version, and I did not want to pay additional money to do so…it showed that it was locked. Do you still suspect a driver problem?
I would suspect the communication between the computer and the drive got interrupted for whatever reason, but unplugging and reconnecting it sorted it out. Hence the drive became visible again and thus the backup became enabled.
I get something similar very occasionally with my MyPassport drive - plug it in and it powers on but Windows doesn’t see it. But unplugging it and plugging it back in again gets it working fine. I would guess either Windows is busy with something else and hasn’t started the driver yet, or some similar issue which is stopping it getting started. In my case I think it’s more a Windows issue than anything else (given how busy Windows tends to get just after a reboot getting all the baggage that typical installs tend to accumulate started up and running) and I would only be concerned if it starts happening more randomly during normal operations rather than just specifically after a reboot.
But at least all is up and going again now, which is the main thing. If it does recur then I would look at the drivers, or if it’s specifically at reboots perhaps review what you have set up to start in such occasions.