Is my external HDD Freecom Toughdrive damaged?
Posted on 2010-01-10
Is my external HDD Freecom Toughdrive damaged? It is on 250 GB, and I have two of them, exactly the same model. I use password for both.
Always when I have left my laptop for a while, and been automatically logged off and need to log on again (though the laptop has not been shut down), I get this message always immediately:
"Windows - Delayed Write Failed Windows was unable to save all the data for the file I:\ (this is the location of my external HDD FreeCom ToughDrive no. 1) The data has been lost. This error may be caused by a failure of your computer hardware or network connection. Please try to save this file elsewhere."
And then, I can't use the laptop at all, everything is freezed, I can't even make a soft restart, need to press the on/off button and "kill" everything. I guess this is not so good for my internal HDD in the long run to press the on/off button, but I have no choice.
On one occassion, I managed to view Windows Task Manager before everything got freezed:
SysFader Not responding, CPU usage 0 %, Processes 68, Commit charge 534M/3931M.
Furthermore, I have posted another question on Experts Exchange recently about this same external HDD FreeCom ToughDrive no. 1: It's about that the icon has been changed to something that looks like a sheet of paper with some blue squares on top of that sheet (so it's not the standard icon for a HDD that is displayed).
My laptop is a HP Compaq nx7300 Intel Celeron, Windows XP SP3 Pro 32-bit.
Is there any application I can purchase for Windows and for hardware maintenance and troubleshooting, such as registry cleaning, find problems with current settings, etc. etc.?