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Windows Delayed Write Fail


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#1 thebestrc

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Posted 15 July 2011 - 12:34 PM

Hi,

Before i get started here is my pc spec:

http://speccy.piriform.com/results/IuYoIowss3iYviJWogt6xSt

The problem i'm having is that i can't seem to copy or write anything to my 2nd hard drive. In the link above it's the F:\ aka Disk #2. Whenever i try to copy large files or write anything to the disk e.g. using utorrent i get a Windows Delayed Wrte Fail message........ error writing files to F:\$Mft etc

I tried searching already on here for related topics but they were unhelpful in resolving this problem. Is the hard drive faulty or can it saved?

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Posted 15 July 2011 - 02:25 PM

<<Is the hard drive faulty or can it saved?>>

Running the appropriate hard drive diagnostic...should shed some light.

Free Hard Drive Testing Tools - Hard Drive Diagnostics - http://pcsupport.about.com/od/toolsofthetrade/tp/tophddiag.htm

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Posted 15 July 2011 - 05:10 PM

I took the plunge deleted the volume and then reformatted the hard drive. It seems to be working now but I did this before a while ago and im sure the same problem will occur later down the line.

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Posted 15 July 2011 - 06:36 PM

Honestly...
you dont need to do that...
that problem will shown up next...

from my experience...it happen only because hardrive cable (data/power)...you could try to tight that cable...use SATA data cable that have pin is much better than regular SATA data cable...
about power...what PSU that you use?

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Posted 15 July 2011 - 07:26 PM

Yep just happened again. I've checked the leads and swapped them over with my other drives and i'm still getting the same message. The does work it just chooses when it want to.

Used ultimate defrag to check the MFT for my working hd which is identical to the one thats having the problems and i noticed it has one more file than non working hd. Could this be why the hard drive isn' functioning properly?:

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Posted 16 July 2011 - 02:30 PM

http://support.microsoft.com/kb/330174

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Posted 20 July 2011 - 08:28 AM

I've tried the solutions in that post above but to no avail i'm still having problems with it. Should i fully format the disk?? I removed all the data i want from it. Also is there any specific software i should used to format the disk so as to prevent this from happening again if possible.

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Posted 20 July 2011 - 12:20 PM

I don't know how to pinpoint the problem.

It could be loose connections, cables, or the drive...if I simplify.

My approach is to eliminate suspects and hope that I find the right one.

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Posted 20 July 2011 - 02:31 PM

I seem to have temporarily solved the problem by wiping the MBR using Testdisk and then when installing the hard drive using computer management i used basic primary partition instead of dynamic simple that i tried before:

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Weird right. Could someone please take the time to explain the differences between the two and why one would work and the other wouldn't???

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Posted 20 July 2011 - 04:23 PM

FWIW: http://www.petri.co.il/difference_between_basic_and_dynamic_disks_in_windows_xp_2000_2003.htm

"After you convert a basic disk to a dynamic disk, local access to the dynamic disk is limited to Windows XP Professional, Windows 2000 and Windows Server 2003. Additionally, after you convert a basic disk to a dynamic disk, the dynamic volumes cannot be changed back to partitions. You must first delete all dynamic volumes on the disk and then convert the dynamic disk back to a basic disk. If you want to keep your data, you must first back up the data or move it to another volume."

Most users employ basic disks.

Had you stated that you had it set up as a dynamic disk...perhaps resolution would not have taken as long as it did. Although your last graphic shows that it as a dynamic disk...we all seem to have missed that in the beginning.

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Edited by hamluis, 20 July 2011 - 05:27 PM.





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