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Solved: Cannot delete files from/reformat a portable Hard Disk

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  1. jmbau

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    I have a portable (external) Hard Disk connected by USB which I've been using for backups. (A Ritmo, a year or two old which hs been functioning fine). However, it is now behaving badly and I don't know how to fix it.

    Originally, I couldn't delete files from it (I've solved that). But I cannot copy any files to it, nor use the Format command to reformat the disk. I think this is what I should do to fix it and start again. (Am I right?)

    I'm getting a persistent Windows error message:
    Delayed Write Failed. Windows was unable to save all the date for the file F:\$BitMap The data has been lost. ... Please try to save this file elsewhere.
    Other times it refers to a file called F:\$fFT (note that the HDD is mapped to F drive on my computer)
    I have no idea what these files are or where they might be.

    Before this started, the HDD had got totally full. I was deleting lots of files to make room, and in fact have now deleted all of them (aroun 65 Gb in total). I'd much appreciate help if anyone can.

    Sorry: should clarify. By 'behaving badly' I mean the problem is of very recent origin, and almost certainly caused by me. Before it got full and I deleted files and started mucking about, it was behaving perfectly. I don't know what to do next. I'd try FORMAT but I don't know which Volume parameters to choose.
     
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    No - looked there (thanks) but couldn't see anything.

    But the thing seems to have sorted itself out... I just powered up and switched it on and it's now behaving itself just as it was before. I wish I knew what it was I did (if I did) that sorted it though.
     
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    Hello jmbau. Don't knock it just breathe a sign of relief for now and wait for the next one to come along anyway you can mark your post as solved.
     
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    Yup - and thanks.

    But to be safe, I went & bought another external HDD and spent the weekend configuring & testing backups on both drives. I'll have to test that the incremental backups are working properly over the next couple of months, but I now feel pretty good about my backup situation. (I work from home, so it's pretty important!).:)
     
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