Over the years I've found this to be caused by bad ide cables, old noisy power supplies, BAD CAPS, incorrect BIOS settings (try defaults) and not much else.
I'm at my wits end. I have this computer that I built about 3 years ago and it gets used maybe a few hours a week. About 5 days ago I was online and it just locked up so I had to manually shut it down. When I tried to boot up again, I got a warning that I needed to run the chkdsk. So I did and it ran for about 3 hours and then finally said it ran out of disk space which I can't believe because the HD had about 240GB free space on it. I've tested and even replaced the PS, memory and even disconnected the 2nd CD and the floppy still with no luck. So I decided to install a new HD. I installed XP Home and it ran great until I had to reboot after installing the MB chipset drivers. Then I started getting the Delayed Write error and locking up. I then tried to reformat and now it tells me the HD is damaged just like the old one.
Ok, has anyone had this happen to them and how did you finally get the computer to work again? I've been building computers for about 25 years now and this one is just racking my brain.
Gigabyte GA-965P-S3 ver. 1
Kingston 1GB memory
WD 320GB HD
XP Home SP2