Receiving an error message when you save, open or move documents in Windows: “Delayed Write Failed”


This error typically occurs when the “Enable write caching on the disk” feature for your hard disk is turned on.

However, if the “Enable write caching on the disk” feature is turned off, this error can occur because the Ultra Direct Memory Access (UDMA) hard disk controller may be configured in either of the following ways:

  • You are using a 40-wire connector cable to connect the UDMA drive to the controller instead of the required 80-wire, 40-pin cable.
  • The BIOS settings are configured to force faster UDMA modes.

SOLUTION:

To resolve this issue, first check whether the “Enable write caching on the disk” feature is turned on. If it is turned on, turn it off. To do this, follow these steps.

Note If you turn off the “Enable write caching on the disk” feature, your hard disk may perform more slowly and may affect the overall system performance of your computer. Because of this, you may want to monitor system performance after you follow the steps in this section.

To turn off Enable write caching on the disk, follow these steps:

  1. Click Start, and then click My Computer.
  2. Right-click the hard disk, and then click Properties.
  3. Click the Hardware tab.
  4. Click to select the hard disk, and then click Properties.
  5. Click the Policies tab.
  6. Click to clear the Enable write caching on the disk check box, and then click OK.
  7. Click OK to close the Local Disk (C:) Properties dialog box.
  8. Repeat steps 3 through 5 for each hard disk that is installed in your computer.

If these steps resolve the error message, you are finished.

If these steps do not resolve the error message, or if the feature is already turned off, go to the “Advanced Troubleshooting” section.

CREDITS / REFERENCE / KUDOS: https://support.microsoft.com/en-us/kb/330174

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