i have a seagate 320 gb external hard drive. when i am attempting to access files, i get a message " delayed write failed data lost", what does this mean? are my pictures lost? My os is windows xp
Open a command prompt window and type chkdsk X: /r (where X: is replaced with the letter of the bad drive)
Let it run a surface scan and recover any bad secors.
Backup the data on this hard drive. If the dalayed write problem makes this undoable, try disableing disk caching
to do this: right click on Computer -> select Manage -> select Device Manager on the left pane -> drop down Disk Drives -> Right click on the bad disk and select Properties -> Change to the Policy tab -> Remove the radial check for Enable Disk Caching.