Delayed write failed?

By equinox137
Dec 6, 2005
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  1. I am running a 4 workstation domain with Windows 2000 Advanced Server as a DC and administer my own mail server. I'm using IMAP on the mail server with Netscape 7.2 as the mail client on every workstation, each workstation with Windows XP Pro. The setup works OK for 30-45 minutes, then I will start recieving a "Delayed Write Failed" warning on my workstation when viewing the inbox or changing to sent items, trash, etc . . . and an entry into the event viewer on the workstation (I don't have them handy at the moment). There are no entries on the event viewer on the server and no infomation appears to be lost.

    I have been to Microsoft website and have disabled write caching on all my server drives. I have also attempted the reg hack listed in the support article and nothing has changed. The hard drive containing the raw mail files that IMAP draws from has also been replaced. My server has Windows 2000 SP4 and my workstations all have Windows XP SP 1. All my drives have 80 pin cables - I don't use 40 pin cables.

    I can't say that this is a critical issue - more just something that's mildly annoying every now and then. I'm asking under the "networking" forum because this only happens during communication from a workstation to the server. I was hoping someone might know something more than I do. Thanks
  2. Rick

    Rick TechSpot Staff Posts: 6,304   +52 Staff Member

    .. is a common symptom of a failing hard drive. I'm not saying that's it for sure because other things can cause delayed write errors as well, but it won't hurt to investigate if you can't dig up an answer to your issue.

    To rule it out, swing on over to this thread:
    http://www.techspot.com/vb/topic7602.html
  3. equinox137

    equinox137 Newcomer, in training Topic Starter

    Thanks Rick
  4. Mictlantecuhtli

    Mictlantecuhtli TechSpot Evangelist Posts: 4,916   +9

    Any kind of communication, not just this mail server?

    Could be a hardware issue with the network adapter and IDE controller, maybe.
  5. equinox137

    equinox137 Newcomer, in training Topic Starter

    Just communication between the mail client (Netscape) and the server when using IMAP. Good thought though, it may be a IDE controller problem.
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