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Windows Delayed Write Failed Error – Solutions

Window Delayed Write Failed ? Solutions are here!


This topic is researched, tested and written by Amir Hossein Moradi.

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This is the third article on the Windows Delayed Write Failed error occurring with hard drives (mostly external ones with USB/Firewire/Network connections). On 28th December 2007, I wrote the Windows – Delayed Write Failed – Solved! article which had more than 190,000 views, and helped many users till date. On 9th June 2008, the second article on this topic – Windows Delayed Write Failed – Latest Solution – which had more than 34,000 views till date, was out and is still getting many users out of trouble.

 

Now, it’s time to write the 3rd article and sum up all possible solutions for the Windows Delayed Write Failed error.

 

ip icon 04 icon sample Windows Delayed Write Failed Error   SolutionsAbout Delayed Write:

Windows uses a special subsystem for certain disk functions, which caches write operations and performs them when the system is idle. This can improve system performance, but it’s typically turned off by default. The term for this kind of operation is “delayed writing”.

 

You can see how write-caching is handled for a particular volume by right-clicking on the icon for the drive in the “Disk drives” subtree of the Device Manager and selecting the Policies tabs. The options typically are “Optimize for quick removal” (everything is written to the drive immediately) and “Optimize for performance” (writes are cached).

 

ip icon 04 icon sample Windows Delayed Write Failed Error   SolutionsAbout the error:

“Windows Delayed Write Failed” error occurs usually when the caching process gets interrupted or the files to be cached get corrupted, either because of a drive failure, a cable failure, or a USB interface fail!

This error might happen to brand new drives as well as good working old ones.

 

earth alert 48x48 Windows Delayed Write Failed Error   SolutionsCause:

This error might be caused by several factors:

 

  • Cache settings
  • System Restore settings
  • Device drivers
  • Media error, drive failure
  • USB/Firewire host controllers
  • Drive overheating
  • Mis-configured BIOS settings
  • Ultra Direct Memory Access (UDMA) mis-configuration
  • Unmatched cables
  • Faulty cables
  • Memory parity conflict
  • Power management drivers

 

webdev ok 128x128 Windows Delayed Write Failed Error   SolutionsResolutions:

Here are different resolutions to the problem, I’ve arranged them in such a way that the most probable and easy to apply is at the top of the list. Read all resolutions carefully before any attempt on your drive(s) and/or computer(s).

 

1. System Restore Settings:

Users reported that Windows might try to write system restore data on the external drive, or try to monitor the drive in case of a system crash. This procedure might be a cause for the Delayed Write Failed error. What to do is quite simple. Just follow this photo tutorial:

 

Open your Control Panel:

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Open System:

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Go to System Restore tab, choose your external drive, and click the Settings button:

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Check the Turn off System Restore on this drive checkbox and click OK:

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Now, you need to restart your computer, and if System Restore configuration was the issue, it should be solved.

2. Device drivers:

Some older RAID device drivers are known to cause the Write Delayed Failed issue, so do check with you hardware manufacturer for the latest device drivers.

I suggest that you check for:

  • latest RAID drivers for your hardware,
  • latest BIOS for your motherboard,
  • latest chipset drivers,
  • latest USB hub (host controller) drivers,
  • latest graphics card drivers.

 

3. Overheating:

First thing to try is to see if your drive is not over heating!

According to Seagate, “the operating temperature range for most Seagate hard drives is 5 to 50 degrees Celsius”.[5]

This is true for most of hard drives on the market, either you have a Maxtor, Seagate, Samsung, Western Digital or other brands of hard drive, you should keep it under 50 degrees Celsisus ( equivalent to 122 degrees Fahrenheit)

 

4. Faulty cables:

Check your cables!

Old USB (or FireWire) cables, can be faulty and cause packet loss. Faulty cables can cause severe damage to your hardware, so check your cables and it’s recommended that you buy some new and good quality cables.

 

5. Unmatched cables:

Check your cables, again!

If you got an IDE drive, then you should check the connector to be the right one! You are using a 40-wire connector cable to connect the UDMA drive to the controller instead of the required 80-wire, 40-pin cable! Fix this and you should be finished.

Read this article from Microsoft:  You receive an error message when you save or move documents in Windows XP: “Delayed Write Failed”

 

Remaining resolutions are on the next page(s).

 

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Buy a Laptop

canova dual screen laptop Buy a LaptopYou gotta buy one someday… no matter when, you’ll have to know what to buy.

so let me give you some tips and advice,

You got some budget, now you need a reason to buy a laptop,

Suppose you live in a very crowded city and you got a small flat of 90 meters square so you need to use your space as efficient as possible, and you cant waste 5 meter square for a desktop PC,

Or, you are always on the move, and anyway you need to carry a computer with you so better be a laptop instead of a desktop computer!

Another thing is that laptops use batteries, so the power output of the battery is limited and known, but desktop computers are connected to the AC Mains of your house, and therefore there is less risk of burning components in laptops!

Think of your eyes too! in desktops with CRT monitor you may get weak eyes after a while, but in laptops and also LCD/PLASMA monitors there is NO RADIATION and you get safe when it comes to eyes.

Power consumption; it’s considerably low when it’s a laptop, as a desktop will get you higher electricity bills!

With all these reasons or the reason that you want a laptop just for fun or for showing it off to your friends let’s move on and talk about how to choose one…

The Laptop:

First thing is the look you should love. Go in the market and see what you can find,

Then it comes to the manufacturer company, better it be a well known company with good customer care and support in your area or the areas you will travel to.

The technical part, which is the inside of your laptop.

The speed, the memory, the features and so on…

before anything, specify your budget and then buy the best laptop in your budget.

* – Let’s start with the processor;

There are two big manufacturers of processors:  Intel and AMD.

Whoever you choose get the fastest and most recent processor model. you can find these information in their own websites. and Google.com is a very useful tool while doing research and taking decisions. By date the fastest CPU with intel is Intel Core Duo Processor with Intel Centrio Mobile Technology.

There are two factors when it comes to processors (CPU), first is the clock speed and second is internal cache (L2), where both are important. Don’t get fooled by the clock speed only, you should pay attention to the L2 cache provided.

for example, a 1.7GHz (clock speed) with 1MB of L2 cache is much slower than the same processor with 2MB of L2 cache!

* – Now it comes to RAM which is a big player for your computer’s speed. the more RAM the faster your applications run. Go for as high capacity as you can on RAM.

SDRAM, DDR, DDR2, where SDRAM is the slowest and DDR2 is the fastest. refer to your budget for choosing.

* – The Hard Drive; where you store your data in,

any capacity more than 60 GB will do.  so just see what you can afford and how much data you will have to store.

* - Media disc reader… better be a DVD Writer with dual layer support or AT LEAST a DVD combo (i.e. CD Writer + DVD Reader) (You can go for a BluRay disc reader/writer, but it’s still too costly)

* – Communication…

Check for broadband and modem connectivity, wireless network cards available, infrared availability, integrated bluetooth, USB ports, IEEE 1394 port, and any other port you may need, be careful that more connectivity options will give you better compatibility in different areas.

* – Display size and graphics card…

The bigger and W I D E R screen, the better view, but you will have to carry more weight… so see what you like about the display size.

on graphics card, normally these days laptops come with 128MB on-board shared memory graphics card, which will do for many recent games. but think again if you are presented with a 64MB graphics.

* – Accessories…

Think about your needs and budget, then choose what you want.

* – Warranty

try to get the best warranty option from the company and check for a GLOBAL WARRANTY option if available.

and now you can go through the market and you’ll know what to look for, and the seller can’t fool you anymore.

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Windows – Delayed Write Failed – Solved!

UPDATE 2: Latest article: Window Delayed Write Failed – Solutions –>

UPDATE 1: New post with new solution: Click Here

 

I bought a 500 GB Western Digital My Book Premium external hard drive. For few days, everything was working fine, but suddenly the Delayed Wrifte Failed error started to pop up and my drive was no more accessible. Here’s the error displayed on Windows:

“Windows – Delayed Write Failed : Windows was unable to save all the data for the file X:\$Mft. 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.”

 

I searched a lot but nothing came up. I had to restart the drive, disconnect and reconnect it again to make it work which was a lot of pain!

 

Well, before we get to the working solution (for my case), read and see the following :

UPDATE 2: Latest article: Window Delayed Write Failed – Solutions –>

UPDATE 1: New post with new solution: Click Here

 

I bought a 500 GB Western Digital My Book Premium external hard drive. For few days, everything was working fine, but suddenly the Delayed Wrifte Failed error started to pop up and my drive was no more accessible. Here’s the error displayed on Windows:

“Windows – Delayed Write Failed : Windows was unable to save all the data for the file X:\$Mft. 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.”

 

I searched a lot but nothing came up. I had to restart the drive, disconnect and reconnect it again to make it work which was a lot of pain!

 

Well, before we get to the working solution (for my case), read and see the following :

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