Windows – Delayed Write Failed – Solved!

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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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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 :

 

From Others:

According to the article “8 common causes for ‘delayed write failed’ errors” by Serdar Yegulalp , from SearchWinIT.com which was published on 01.05.2005,

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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).

The first option lets you quickly disconnect drives — for instance, hot-pluggable USB “pen” drives — without first disconnecting them via the Safely Remove Hardware icon in the system tray. If all the options are grayed out, this means write-caching is probably handled at the discretion of the device driver. (You can see more information about the way the defaults for write caching work in the Microsoft article, “Windows XP and Surprise Removal of Hardware“.

In Windows XP, the system may pop up a “Delayed Write Failed” notification balloon, which means that something has gone wrong with the delayed-write system. This does not always mean there has been a fatal problem, but you should take it seriously.

Some common reasons for a delayed-write failure are:

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