Windows delayed write failed xp external hard drive

I know this has been posted many times but I still have a problem: 300GB WD3000 in USB enclosure, clean XP Pro installation with SP3, and I get the "delayed write failed" error.
So far none of the solutions have worked. Interesting enough: I only get this error on one of my desktop computers. The drive works fine on my laptop and other desktop machines.
Please help, this drives me crazy!!!
Thanks in advance
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  1. Have you run the WD diag utility to see if the drive is bad? This error frequently is from a bad drive.
  2. tomatthe said:
    Have you run the WD diag utility to see if the drive is bad? This error frequently is from a bad drive.


    Yes, I have run the utility. The utility does not show the drive.

    If the drive was bad, why would it run on other machines?
    I even installed a USB 2.0 IDE card. Still the same problem.
  3. So, we know the drive works on other computers. So the problem is with the desktop, not the drive.

    Have you enabled/disabled "legacy usb support" in your BIOS?
    I know thats prolly a long shot since you have tried the USB card, but it can't hurt.
  4. I pulled this off of the microsoft forum site. Try it
    1) Device Manage

    2) Find each EHCI USB host controller

    3) click the Details of EHCI USB host controller

    4) Scroll to Device Instance Path

    5) Copy "Device Instance Path"info path into note pad for quick and easy access

    6) Open Regedit

    7) Click "HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE"

    8) Click "SYSTEM"

    9) Click "CurrentControlSet

    10) Click "Enum"

    11) Click "PCI"

    12) Click "***The folder that corresponds to step 4's information"

    13)This is where you should be now: "HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SYSTEM\CurrentControlSet\Enum\PCI\<hw id>\<instance id>\Device Parameters"

    14) Right click on "Device Parameters"

    15) Select "New -> Key"

    16) Enter into naming field of new key "EnHcSoftRetry"

    17) Right click onto "EnHcSoftRetry" the ket just created

    18) Select "New -> DWORD (32-bit Value)"

    19) Enter into the naming field "DWORD"

    20) Right click "DWORD"

    21) Choose "Modify"

    22) Enter into Value field "1" Hex Base

    23) Close regedit Process Complete :)
  5. Try running the hd diag tool on one of the machines that does properly detect the drive.
  6. madicus said:
    I know this has been posted many times but I still have a problem: 300GB WD3000 in USB enclosure, clean XP Pro installation with SP3, and I get the "delayed write failed" error.
    So far none of the solutions have worked. Interesting enough: I only get this error on one of my desktop computers. The drive works fine on my laptop and other desktop machines.
    Please help, this drives me crazy!!!
    Thanks in advance


    Your computer must be attacked by the same virus like this
    http://www.wikisecurityinfo.com/how-to-remove-windows-delayed-write-failed-fake-alert-windows-delayed-write-failed-virus-manual-removal/
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