$Mft Delayed Write Fail ? ?

By stankmaster ·
{Delayed Write Failed} Windows was unable to save all the data for the file . 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.
$MFT ? ?

It pops up every once and awhile and sometimes has different disk names as such...

Application popup: Windows - Delayed Write Failed : Windows was unable to save all the data for the file \$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'm also getting tons of Event viewer logs stating...

An error was detected on device \Device\Harddisk1\D during a paging operation.

Any help is greatly appreciated.

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Your second drive

by Jacky Howe In reply to $Mft Delayed Write Fail ? ...

could be failing.

You can use the Hard Drive Makers Testing Utility to Test the Drive which can be downloaded from below.

<a href="http://www.hgst.com/hdd/support/download.htm" target="_blank"><u>Hitachi / IBM</u></a> The result code for a good drive, which should be displayed, is 0X00.
<a href="http://support.wdc.com/download/index.asp#dlgtools" target="_blank"><u>Western Digital</u></a>
<a href="http://www.fel.fujitsu.com/home/drivers.asp?L=en&CID=1" target="_blank"><u>Fujitsu</u></a>
<a href="http://www.seagate.com/support/seatools" target="_blank"><u>Seagate</u></a>
<a href="http://www.samsung.com/Products/Hard...ties/hutil.htm" target="_blank"><u>Samsung</u></a>

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ahh of course, nother question

by stankmaster In reply to Your second drive

My externals keep switching drive letters on me!!! I don't have any assigned to the same letter so I don't know why this keeps happening. Its aggravating because I have sync toy 2.0 set up to sync to some of these devices and it keeps failing due to drive letter changes, any ideas why this is happening?

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Windows loses the plot

by Jacky Howe In reply to ahh of course, nother que ...

Method one could be used to allocate a drive letter to each USB drive. Method 2 will remove all previous drive letters for a fresh start.


Try rebooting the computer without any USB devices attached. Then plug in the USB drive, right click on My Computer, select manage, and then click ?Disk Management.? If the drive is not present in the Disk Management window or if you are not able to access it, then the drive may have failed. In this window you should see all of your connected physical drives, their format, if they are healthy, and the drive letter.

Change the drive letter of the drive. Right-click on the drive in the list, and from the resulting menu select "Change Drive Letters and Paths"

Click on Change so you can change the drive letter. Click Change. Select a new drive letter from the drop down list, preferably a letter that is not normally used for this drive.

Click Yes on the confirmation screen and you are done.


Write down all fixed Disk and CD/DVD drive letters so as not to delete them. DO NOT delete any of the fixed hard disk drives or CD/DVD optical drives registry values.

1. Login with Administrative privileges.

2. Disconnect all USB or FireWire storage devices.

3. Open Registry Editor by typing regedt32 in the Run box and navigate to the following registry key: HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SYSTEM\MountedDevices. Right click on MountedDevices and select Export. Save this file as you may need it in case something goes wrong. Save it as Devices.reg, it should default to My Documents.

4. Under HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SYSTEM\MountedDevices there will be registry keys with the name that resembles the format of \DosDevice\X: where X can be any alphabet letter which corresponding to your physical system drive letter.

5. Delete all possible USB drives, FireWire drives and external drives which have a drive letter.

<b>DO NOT delete any of the fixed Hard Disk Drives or CD/DVD optical drives registry values.</b>

Exclude \DosDevice\A: which normally reserved for floppy disk drives.

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Thank you so much

by stankmaster In reply to Windows loses the plot

man, your head is just bursting with information isn't it!!

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by Jacky Howe In reply to Thank you so much

Documentation is the trick and the testing to make sure that it works.

I follow the KISS principle and use text documents to store my information. When I first started out I wrote everything down and ended up with bits of paper everywhere. What a mess!

Now I can just search my text files for keywords and I have most of the answers for what I need. If not I use Google.

If I think that it will work and I haven't tested to be certain, I let people know.

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by stankmaster In reply to LOL

I never thought of doing that! Is there a shortcut in which I can search documents by keywords in the document? instead of by title keyword

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If i'm using XP

by Jacky Howe In reply to NICE!

I use 'A word or phrase in the file:' if Im not sure of the title.

Vista and Windows 7 search will find them anyway. I sometimes have to open a couple of files to find the right information but its no big deal.

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