I have an external USB 500 GB drive connected to a windows 2003 server box. It has been working fine for a couple of years but suddenly I am getting the message " Windows was unable to save all the data for the file G:\$MFT... the data has been lost, the error may be caused by failure of your computer hardware or network connection. "
This happens when the computer is just sitting idle, and I am not even trying to copy to the drive. It also happens though when I am browsing the drive and copying to or from the drive.
I am able to see all the files and folders until I get the message and then I am only able to see the folders which are empty. The capacity of the folders tends to fluctuate. If I reboot, I am able to see all the files until the error pops up
I have already done the popular solutions such as
1.) MS Hotfix for the issue
2.) Write Caching is disabled and always has been.
3.) Memory usage is set to optimize for programs as opposed to system cache.
4.) Changed USB ports
5.) Cold Boot
This problem seemed to start when I connected to the drive over the network from a Linux Ubuntu box. I never actually was able to copy files over from the Linux box due to some ISA firewall issues but the Linux box was connected to the share for a few days. I have since resolved the ISA issue but now I can not copy to it anyway.
I am starting to think this is a hardware issue but I am on the fence with that due to the drive actually showing up and showing me the files briefly.
I have obviously thought about reformatting the drive but would like avoid it if possible.
***NOTE: I do have a second 500 GB WD external USB drive connected and it has NO problems!
Thanks for the help in advance!