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f:\$Mft error?


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#1 Trevor Howe

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Posted 11 December 2010 - 03:59 PM

Hey, I got an external hard drive (Western Digital Elements 2 TB) a few weeks ago, and now I get an " F:\$Mft " error. It say's something like "Delayed Write Fail. Windowns failed to write F:\$Mft". It lost all the data on there (good thing I didn't have a lot on it yet).

I tried to uncheck the box to "enable write caching on the disk" (other forums said to do this), but it doesn't let me uncheck it (yes, I am the administrator).

Any suggestions?

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#2 hamluis

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Posted 11 December 2010 - 04:45 PM

Delayed write faied errors...reflect a problem with the drive.

Could be minor, could be major...I would check the connections first.

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Posted 11 December 2010 - 04:57 PM

As hamluis suggested, check your cable first, make sure it is seated firmly on both ends.

If they are ok I would go to:
http://support.wdc.com/product/download.asp?level1=1&lang=en

select your drive and download their "Data Lifeguard Diagnostic for Windows" diagnostics program and test the drive.

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Posted 13 December 2010 - 06:01 PM

Just ran the Diagnostic test, all it said was that it passed, still have the problem.

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Posted 13 December 2010 - 06:23 PM

See if chkdsk can find/fix errors in the file system.

open a command prompt as an administrator and enter:

chkdsk F: /F

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Posted 31 December 2010 - 03:09 PM

back from vacation (sorry for the huge delay) I ran the chkdsk and it seems to have done some good....but I unplugged the drive and plugged it back in, then ran chkdsk, that seems to have worked (got the files back) but I don't know if the error will come back.

I'll repost if I see the error or in ia few days if I don't see it.




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