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error: Windows-delayed write failed

By xiaitmb ·
Encountered the following pop-up on a Windows server 2000 running on IBM server hardware:

Windows-delayed write failed
Windows was enable to save all the data for the file \device\harddiskvolume3\$mft. The data has been lost. This error may be caused by a failure of your computer hardwaer or network connection. Please try to save these files elsewhere.

Appreciate advise to the above.

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by cwunder3 In reply to error: Windows-delayed wr ...

A lot of times this is caused when write-caching is enabled on your RAID controller. Check the BIOS of the card to see if this is enabled. Remember to never make changes to any RAID system without backing up your data thoroughly. Please update.

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by xiaitmb In reply to error: Windows-delayed wr ...

Thanks to answer 1. However, there's no RAID on the system.

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by HAL 9000 Moderator In reply to error: Windows-delayed wr ...

OK since there is no RAID involved run some diagnostics on the HDD/s to see if they are working correctly. The Drive Maker has a testing Utility available for Download from their Web Site to do this and you should use the one from the Drive Maker that makes the affected HDD.

Of course if there is a problem reported with the drive that doesn't mean that the HDD itself is faulty but it is a good starting point so you can remove that HDD and test in another Known Good system to see if you get the same results. If you do it's the HDD and if you don't it's the HDD controller that is at fault.

So depending on the system it can either be a Faulty HDD or the HDD controller which is generally part of the M'Board unless you have a Plug In Card to support more HDD's and then it will be the Plug In Card at fault.

Of course always test with a Known Good Data Lead and check the power lead for possible problems. With some of the currently available Connectors the Power Pins can & do push out of the connector and Data Leads can become defective if they are constantly being plugged in and pulled out. It's also possible with some of the IBM servers to have a faulty Hot Swap SCSI Socket so this should be checked as well when you test the drive.

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Disable Enable write-caching...

Go to Device Manager or START>RUN and then type control sysdm.cpl and System Properties opens up.
Go to Hardware and expand the Disk Drives. Right click on the drive causing the issues and select Properties. Under the Policies tab, DESELECT the "Enable write-caching on the disk" and that should solve your probs.

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by xiaitmb In reply to error: Windows-delayed wr ...

Thanks to answer 3, however, the write-cache option was never enabled in the first place.

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