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This page is just the fruit of my frustration with this drive and this is the solution I came up with to fix my problem.  This page is meant more to poke fun at myself rather than to really find a fix for this annoying problem. 

I am sorry if you came here looking for a fix.  My fix may not be what you were hoping for... In other words, this is just the results of my frustration and is not a real fix... I doubt you will ever find a lasting fix for this problem...  Although, you may find that what I did, may be your solution also...


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Delayed Write Failed Error --- The Solution has Been Found


Like many of you... I purchased what I thought was an excellent External Hard Drive for my computer. My plan was to add another 500 GB of disk storage for backup of important documents and files.


What I bought was a 500 GB Seagate FreeAgent Go External Hard Drive.




500 GB Seagate FreeAgent Go External Hard Drive



But every so often I would get the infamous "Delayed Write Failed" error and my Seagate FreeAgent Go Hard Drive would become inaccessible. I would have to unplug my External Drive from my USB port, then plug it back in again in order to get the Drive to accept access.


Trying to copy large files or directories was totally futile. Here is the error that is displayed on my computer screen:

Windows - Delayed Write Failed :

Windows was unable to save all the data for the file X:\$Mft. The data has been lost. This error may be caused by a failure of your computer hardware or network connection. Please try to save this file elsewhere. (See Actual Picture Below)




As many of you have been experiencing this Hard Drive error as well, I decided to do some extensive research on the Internet to solve this problem. I found many had ideas of how to fix this problem but all suggestions I tried failed to correct this anomaly. After critical thought, I finally realized that the following intrusive fix is needed to correct this annoying HD error.


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Now, I need to warn those who are intimidated with delving into the internal workings of their Hard Drive or are not confident with hacking an Electronic device. This fix will nullify your warranty, so be advised.

If you feel that the fix below is too complicated for you to undertake, please take your Hard Drive to a dedicated computer repair shop. I am sure this fix will not cost you too much.

I will NOT be held responsible or liable for those who do not properly follow the directions I've outlined below.


I will NOT be held liable to those who administer this fix to their Hard Drive and find that their Hard Drive will not work properly thereafter.

By reading further you imply responsibility for your own actions and undertake all risks implied here by administering this fix.

In other words, if this doesn't fix your problem, it's your own user error and fault.

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Delay Write Failed Error
Here is a Picture of the Actual Error.






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Insert Tool in the Correct Position or This fix will not Work.






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Make Sure Tool Tangs are Inserted Properly into Casing and Administer Tool with Purpose.






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After your fix has been administered, you can be sure your hard work has fixed this annoying problem.





Since my Seagate FreeAgent Go 500 GB Hard Drive kept having this annoying problem, I figured that this Drive was no longer a useful tool in my computer environment.


If you use the above Hard Drive Correction Technique on your malfunctioning Seagate FreeAgent 500 GB External Hard Drive, you will not have any future problems with this Drive.


                                                                              Your Mileage May Vary




On a final note


                                            Do as I'm going to do...

                                            Make Sure you buy a...

                                            Better Drive Next Time!