|When the external drive is plugged in and you're getting the Write Delay Failed problem when you try to access it, any program that tries to access files or folders on the external hard drive can have problems. There are normally hidden $Recycle.Bin and Recycler, or Recycle Bin.bin and Recycler, folders on every hard drive partition. |
"Also the external sometimes shows the folders as empty but shows the entire drive the correct 187 gb."
Whatever you see or don't see should always be the same.
See the info in response 1 !
For some desktop mboards you can have problems when an external hard drive is plugged into one of a pair of USB ports on the back of the case that are connected to the same USB controller, if there is another device plugged into the other USB port for the pair, because the pair can't actually supply 500 ma per port - they can only supply 500 ma in total. Usually those pairs of ports are one above the other, not beside each other. If you have two devices plugged into such a pair of ports, try plugging one of them in elsewhere on the back of the computer.
If your hard drive inside the external enclosure is ~ 200 gb manufacturer's (decimal) size, the computer's bios and the operating system see the total drive space as it's binary size, 1,073,741,824 bytes per binary gb = ~ 186.26 gb (binary) .
If you have one partition on that drive space, the size of that partition that can be used for data is a bit smaller - ~ 186.26 gb minus the space taken up by the software partitioning (NTFS or FAT32 or FAT) and the formatting, and minus ~ 8 mb of unallocated drive space Windows reserves at the end of the drive space.
When you hold your cursor over the hard drive partition's drive letter in My Computer or Windows Explorer, Or RIGHT click on the drive letter and choose Properties, you see the latter smaller amount, if there's nothing wrong with the software partitioning and formatting.
If you consistently can't see folders or files that you're SURE you could see previously, then there's something wrong with the file allocation table(s).
(NTFS partitions have one - the MFT - FAT32 and FAT partitions have two identical ones, only one of which is used at a time.)
Unplugging an external drive while Windows is running without clicking on the Safely Remove Hardware icon and choosing to STOP accessing the drive partition is a COMMON way the partition table or software partitioning data can get damaged.