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transferring files from one external hard drive to another

Discussion in 'Hardware' started by hedley, Oct 10, 2007.

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  1. hedley

    hedley Thread Starter

    May 28, 2007
    Hi, don't really know if this is a hardware or software problem, but here goes. I have a lot of media files on a 160gb external hard drive (not partitioned, but has a lot of folders) that I want to transfer to a 320gb external one that has 4 partitions on it and use the first one for my computer backup only.

    I started copying files straight from one drive to the other which worked fine for about 12 or so songs. When doing the same with the next lot they seemed to transfer ok but a message came up in the system tray saying 'write delayed failed. Could not save the information for N:\$Mft. The file has been lost. This could be caused by a computer hardware problem, please save the file elsewhere'. (This is the partition I am transferring the files to). When I okayed that another message kept coming up with the same wording only the letter of the partition had changed to the next 3 partitions on this drive, but I was not using them at all. Even the recyclers & restore files were lost.

    I tried transferring a few files to my internal drive first which worked okay, but when transferring them to the external drive the same thing happened again. I have explained this as well as I can. I am at a loss as to what to try next, so I am hoping someone can help please.

    Sorry if this is long winded but I thought I'd better explain what I had done and what went wrong. Thanks for reading and in advance for any help offered.
  2. a13mj3


    Oct 9, 2007
    Im not sure, only advice I have is to maybe recreate a partition and see if it works.

    Yeah, Im not much help, but i figured if i replied, your thread would make it back on the top so the real geniuses can figure it out.
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