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Delayed Write Error

Discussion in 'Windows XP' started by Startreker, Feb 3, 2009.

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  1. Startreker

    Startreker Thread Starter

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    HI there

    I just booted my computer up yesterday and suddenly it came up in a bubble "Delayed Write Error"

    My computer has a 65Gb Drive and a 400GB SATA drive

    I have my computer partitioned:

    Both these are ONE hard drive

    c: - Operating system 37GB
    d: - MyDocs folder -29Gb

    ALL these are one Hard Drive

    E: - Data 146GB
    F: - Spare 97.6GB
    G: - Other 128GB

    All have over 15GB free

    The error comes up on E,F or G.

    I can boot up into Safe mode and access the drives fine and do other stuff like back some files up. When i enter desktop normally i get the error and cannot access the drives and the system freezes for about a minute.

    i opened the pc and swapped the cables on the motherboard and the same result happens.

    Can this be solved buy a reformat as i can access everything in Safe Mode and have problems in normal mode which seems to think that the drive is ok.

    Soryy for the long winded post
     
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  3. Claymore

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  4. Startreker

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    Thanks for the reply Claymore

    I tried those things from changing the connections on the m/board and nothing changed

    I am thinking of either getting Partition magic or somthing and deleting the drive and formatting as one to see of that will work or reformatting windows incase there is a sofrware problem.

    The cables that i installed the drive were bought with the drive and are correct.
     
  5. Startreker

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    Hi

    Just an update

    I ran a tool from Samsung (the make of the drive) called ESTOOL which runs in DOS from a cd. It ran a Random Surface Test and Failed with:

    Error : LBA 130764405
    Service Code => AJ24 Bad Sector
    Error : Ecc Error

    Then a Read Surface Scan brought up loads of errors in the attached image.I Never let it finish the test as took about 10 mins to go from 16.731% to 16.736%.


    so looks like the drive at the moment. I was trying to copy some stuff after the test in Safe Mode but i then got the Failed Write error now.

    anyway have unplugged the cables to that drive and things are working fine at the moment but not a lot of space but better than the error.
     

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    Have you tried running a chkdsk against the drive?
    Start => Run and type in "cmd" {without the quotes}
    Then type in:
    chkdsk E: /r
     
  7. Startreker

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    Claymore

    I tried to do that before i unpluugged the drive. After i get the error i cannot access the drive i get an I/O error i think it was.
     
  8. Claymore

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    OK. I guess your only option is to attach or slave it into another computer and recover your "stuff" if you can.
    You could try the chkdsk again, but the Samsung disk errors don't bode well.

    p.s. Just noticed you're from "Auld Reekie".
    Cheers
     
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    I think your right about the drive re samsung errors

    i don't have another pc to slave this to so can take it into a pc shp near here i work which i did to my last drive. This drive is about just under a year old i think.

    Anyway the drive is a SATA drive and if i can replace this i saw a drive which is slightly more than i was going to pay from ebuyer.com:

    http://www.ebuyer.com/product/143288

    This is a 1TB which will be well more than i need and is a samsung which is the make of the drive that (i think) failed.

    The 2 makes of drive i am thining of is Western Digital and Seagate.

    Yea i live in "Auld Reekie" and it is snowing here which we have not had in ages....

    Keith
     
  10. Claymore

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    Sounds like a plan. Better safe than sorry.

    I'm in the sticks in northern Canada. When I was growing up in that "no mean city" we dreamed of a white Christmas. Here we have nightmares about it. It started snowing in late October - and it's still snowing!

    Regards
     
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