01-03-2008 02:25 PM
The other night at the same time that I docked my iPod (connected to my XP Home PC via USB on a new off-brand dock), I received a “Delayed Write Failed” warning on the file $Mft on my Seagate FreeAgent 250 USB external hard drive that I keep connected to my PC at all times for additional storage.
I am assuming that the two events were related, as 1) I have never had any issues before I connected the dock to my PC and 2) the dock also tends to freak out my USB scanner when the iPod is connected. I had to unplug and reconnect the scanner to wake it up.
I Googled $Mft and learned that this is the NTFS file table. That would explain why I was able to browse the root of the external drive, but not find any files with the folders in the root.
I shut down and unplugged the iPod dock, returning my PC to its previous state. Upon reboot, everything appeared normal with the external and continues to look fine since then.
However, after reviewing the Event log I found hundred of --- errors in the second before I received the “Delayed Write Failed” warning and hundreds more after. The errors slowed down to one every few hours after I rebooted.
The System log only goes back to 1/1/08. I assume all of these new entries pushed the older entries out, so I have no idea if this was happening before I used the dock (or before 1/1/08).
I used SeaTools on the drive and it passed.
This morning I removed the drive from this system and connected it to another PC (also XP Home, fairly fresh install, no other USB devices used on it except flash drives). After a few hours, I noticed that the same error appeared in the log (just once so far though). This leads me to think that maybe this is a problem inherent in XP or a problem with the drive. I have another scratch built external HDD that I am tempted to connect continuously to a machine and see if the error occurs again.
I use this drive for backups and to store larger files, so its stability is important to me (besides the fact that I paid $80 for it and don’t want to spend that much on something I can’t trust)
I have read some posts here about this problem, but do not know what to do with the information.
What do I do next?
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11-16-2009 03:01 PM
I have a Seagate FreeAgent 250 which was giving me delayed write errors when I ran my nightly backups. After I found this forum, I decided to remove the hard drive from its enclosure and run it on a little USB<>SATA adapter I had lying around. It was an INSTANT fix. I could run my backups again and the drive stopped generating log errors. I ended up installing the drive in my system on a SATA port, and it is running flawlessly. Without your posts, I would STILL be trying to figure out what was wrong with this drive. Thanks very much for the excellent discussion. I just wanted to post this as a confirmation that it seems to be the little electronics package (a built-in USB-to-SATA adapter, actually) which is the source of the problem. As one user said, Seagate builds good drives.