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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:



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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:


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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.


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

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