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scottportraits

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Thurs Apr 12, 2007
12.15am est

Hi,

Got a new 250 GB hard drive in an external casing, which connects to my PC via a USB port.

When transfering data from internal hard drives to this 'storage' drive I often get aborted with this error message:

! Delayed Write Failed. Unable to save data: \device\harddiskvolume4\$MFT . Data will be lost. Cause may be PC hardware. Try to save this file elsewhere.

What should I do to clear the path straight into this little storage library ? The casing did not need a driver for XP, acts like a plug and play, and it generally sends the data where I want.....except a couple of times....

Any advice ??

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I've seen that message only once on my system and I put it down to turning off the power to the drive (it has a rocker-switch on the casing) at an inopportune time, causing Windows to to give the error next time I booted up. Quite what constitutes an "inopportune" time I cannot say, but since I now only switch it off AFTER I've shut down my PC, I've never seen the error since. This makes perfect sense to me, since Windows cannot perform a 'delayed write' operation if the target drive has been switched off.
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Fri Apr 13, 11.30pm est

Oh, ok, great advice.....yes, I will only turn off the toggle power switch on the casing AFTER the PC is booted off.

Thanks !!
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