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Hi,

 

I'm running into a problem copying a large photo folder from my External Seagate HD (this is an internal Ultra ATA drive that I put into an external case) to my PC. I get a Windows Delayed Write Failed error after it has copied about half the files. Any ideas on how I can remedy this issue? Thanks.

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how big is the folder?

try splitting the folder size in half, could it be filling up the drive?

Edited by Joe C

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how big is the folder?

try splitting the folder size in half, could it be filling up the drive?

 

The drive isn't full. It's 160 GIG. The files can be moved in small groups but I'm guessing there has to be some setting that I could change that would avoid this error message. If the files got on to the HD via a backup program without error they should come off without error.

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Try the following to disable indexing and drive cache which should resolve the issue (unless the actual drive is failing)

 

My Computer > right click on your drive > Properties

1. Uncheck the Indexing option

2. Click on the Hardware tab

3. Click on Properties

4. Click on Policy tab

5. Uncheck Enable write caching on disk

6. Click OK and OK.

 

Go to Start > Run > type CMD > OK

Type chkdsk x: /f/r (where x is your external drive letter).

Press enter. If you get a message saying that the drive is in use and cant be checked at this time then press Y and then enter. Reboot.

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Try the following to disable indexing and drive cache which should resolve the issue (unless the actual drive is failing)

 

My Computer > right click on your drive > Properties

1. Uncheck the Indexing option

2. Click on the Hardware tab

3. Click on Properties

4. Click on Policy tab

5. Uncheck Enable write caching on disk

6. Click OK and OK.

 

Go to Start > Run > type CMD > OK

Type chkdsk x: /f/r (where x is your external drive letter).

Press enter. If you get a message saying that the drive is in use and cant be checked at this time then press Y and then enter. Reboot.

 

I ran chkdsk and got to stage 4 of 5 and got this:

 

The disk does not have enough space to replace bad clusters detected in file 858 of name .

The disk does not have enough space to replace bad clusters detected in file 859 of name .

 

An unspecified error occured.

 

Any ideas?

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this means your drive is damaged and windows attemped to use free space to store additional data, simply means the drive is heading south and if theres important data on it i would extract it asap

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heres something from ms that may help

 

http://support.microsoft.com/kb/330174/en-us

 

when i received that error in the past i lost an 80 gig drive a few weeks later, it just stopped working, maby your having software problems!

 

Could be the issue. I really doubt the drive is actually failing. It's not even a year old, worked fine in my PC and I was very careful when moving it from the old PC to the external case. I even formatted the drive to remove the partitions on it before I started using it as an external drive. So, I was expecting smooth sailing.

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Why dont you run some tests to eliminate the doubt.

There are many utilities which can test the drive and perform tests such as Read/Write verification, etc...

The utility we use at work is called PC Check - the current version is 6 - its a bootable cd which contains various diagnostic utilities ... I dont think its free (atleast not the latest version) but I am sure that there are other freeware utilities that can scan the drive and tell you if its failing or not.

 

By the way...did you disable the write cache and indexing?

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It's not even a year old

 

my 80 gig maxtor sata was only a year old, i had two in raid0 when i recieved that error, lost everything, 3 months later the second drive bit the dust :crash:

 

sometimes these drives have the life expectencie of a lite bulb!

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I'm gonna go with the whole "drive is failing" thing. Chkdsk found bad clusters, and there wasn't enough free space to isolate the bad clusters & move any data off them.

 

I'd get all the data you can off the drive, possibly try chkdsk or a disk health checking utility, and if that doesn't help, it's a goner.

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The drive is most certainly dying/dead.

 

Replace it, and do it soon or risk everything you have stored on the current one.

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Download this to test the drive,

 

http://www.seagate.com/support/seatools/

 

Then go here to check how much warranty is left on the drive,

 

http://support.seagate.com/customer/warranty_validation.jsp

 

then go here,

 

http://www.seagate.com/support/service/index.html

 

and start the RMA process.

Edited by stormy13

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By the way...did you disable the write cache and indexing?

 

Yep, I did that.

 

Is your disk making weird noises?

 

Nope.

 

Download this to test the drive,

 

http://www.seagate.com/support/seatools/

 

Then go here to check how much warranty is left on the drive,

 

http://support.seagate.com/customer/warranty_validation.jsp

 

then go here,

 

http://www.seagate.com/support/service/index.html

 

and start the RMA process.

 

I'll try this now.

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From the Seatools

 

SMART results:

SMART self-test is not supported for this drive.

 

This may be due to a limitation in the Windows driver for the controller that the drive is attached to or the drive may not support the SMART self-test. In either case, this is not a failure of the drive.

OK, looks like I have problems:

 

SeaTools Online 90 Second Surface Scan

Started at 7:21:20 PM on 11/4/2006.

 

Scanning drive: Intel® ICH8 Family USB2 Enhanced Host Controller - 2836 : ST316081 2A USB Device

Serial Number:

Capacity: 160.04 GB

- An error was encountered reading sector 257407995.

- An error was encountered reading sector 32832169.

- An error was encountered reading sector 37053242.

- An error was encountered reading sector 195256093.

Errors were found during the scan.

 

SeaTools has found errors on drive ST316081 2A USB Device. One or more sectors on the drive are unreadable. As a precaution against data loss, you should back up any important data on the drive as soon as possible.

This stinks. Thanks for the help though. Glad I have two external HDs.

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