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Strange Error Message In Windows


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#1 megalo

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Posted 24 August 2007 - 12:21 PM

This happened the other day on my mothers computer that I built for her. The full message reads:

Windows-Delayed Write Failed

Windows was unable to save all the data for the file \Device\HarddiskVolume1\WINDOWS\System 32\Config.
The data has been lost. This error may be caused by a failure of your computer hardware or network connection.
Please try to save this file elsewhere.

Could anybody tell me if this is a serious issue and what actions I should take next?

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Posted 24 August 2007 - 07:41 PM

Hi megalo. This error happens a lot with external USB and FireWire hard drives. Here are interesting reads:

http://infotechsolutions.wordpress.com/200...u_want_to_save/

http://member.newsguy.com/~siccos/

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Posted 25 August 2007 - 07:09 AM

If it's not an external device - then this is the second time we've seen this error here in the past day or two.

This leads me to suspect either:
1) A windows update, or
2) Malware.

Here's a link to an MS KB article about the error: http://support.microsoft.com/kb/330174

Just to be cautious, I'd run one of these free, online scans of your system to ensure that your current protection hasn't been compromised:

http://safety.live.com
http://housecall.trendmicro.com

Please let us know if you find anything on the scans. If you need assistance with the error after that, just post back and we'll help you to fix it.
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Posted 25 August 2007 - 12:13 PM

Hi . The message uses in internal naming convention used within the bowels of XP. Here's a translation from a utility called DOSDEV. So, it appears that this is an error concerning the OS partition/volume C: on the hard drive.

DOSDEV -a Example:
- show all drive letter mappings:

Z:\> dosdev
A: = \Device\Floppy0 [Removable]
C: = \Device\HarddiskVolume1 [Fixed]
D: = \Device\CdRom0 [CDRom]
E: = \Device\CdRom1 [CDRom]
G: = \Device\HarddiskVolume7 [Fixed]
H: = \Device\HarddiskVolume4 [Fixed]
...


From: http://blogs.msdn.com/adioltean/archive/20.../04/477164.aspx

If you don't get this error message any more then don't worry about it - it probably was just a spurious error. It it does reappear, here is a fix.

http://infotechsolutions.wordpress.com/200...u_want_to_save/

Note the original MS Knowlege Base reference: http://support.microsoft.com/?kbid=812937











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