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Windows 7: Some help with safely remove hardware after backup, please

25 Oct 2013   #1

Windows 7 Professional
 
 
Some help with safely remove hardware after backup, please

I backup my computers every week using 500G backup drives. One of my computers gives me the attached error message when I try to disconnect the drive.

Because I have no idea what is causing that message, I just disconnect it and go on my merry way. I don't know if that is good or bad so I am coming here.

I tried closing down the control panel but the message still appears.

Any ideas, guys and gals?

Thanks



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25 Oct 2013   #2

Windows 7 Pro. 64/SP-1
 
 

This Tutorial should help.
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Safely Remove Hardware - Eject Device
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25 Oct 2013   #3

Windows 7 Professional
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Layback Bear View Post
This Tutorial should help.
By Brink:

Safely Remove Hardware - Eject Device
Thanks Layback Bear.

First thing I tried gave me the same result but I'll study Shawn's tutorial and see what I can do.

Thanks for the post.

I'll try to get back to it this evening or early morning.


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25 Oct 2013   #4

Windows 7 Pro. 64/SP-1
 
 

Here is another little goody that might help.

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"Notification Area Icons" Settings - Enable or Disable
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25 Oct 2013   #5

Windows 7 Professional
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Layback Bear View Post
Here is another little goody that might help.

By Brink:
"Notification Area Icons" Settings - Enable or Disable
Thanks LB.

I am busy on other projects right now but I will get back to it.

I've been thinking that I will also try to reboot with the Backup drive still attached. I cannot do that on it's sister computer which will hang at the motherboard welcome screen and not even boot into Windows if the backup drive is attached (and on).

I'll get back later.
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25 Oct 2013   #6
mjf

Windows 7x64 Home Premium SP1
 
 

I sometimes have this problem, typically with USB connected external HDDs. Sometimes going into Explorer then exiting can free the drive but failing this I just do a reboot and they can always be ejected. I can't identify which process has hold of the drives. I've found VLC media player can tie up the drive even after exiting.
Provided the drives don't have any write activity you can pull them without ejecting with the safely remove option set (without ejecting). BUT to be honest I've never trusted this.

Add: the option I refer to is under Device Manager -
Expand Disk drives >right click>properties>Policies>quick removal option
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25 Oct 2013   #7

Windows 7 Professional
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by mjf View Post
I sometimes have this problem, typically with USB connected external HDDs. Sometimes going into Explorer then exiting can free the drive but failing this I just do a reboot and they can always be ejected. I can't identify which process has hold of the drives. I've found VLC media player can tie up the drive even after exiting.
Provided the drives don't have any write activity you can pull them without ejecting with the safely remove option set (without ejecting). BUT to be honest I've never trusted this.
Thanks mjf

I may not be hurting anything by just pulling the plug but I'd like to do it right. The other 2 computers don't have this problem.

As I said, I'll be back.
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25 Oct 2013   #8

Windows 7 Professional
 
 

Well, as I suspected, trying to reboot with the backup drive plugged in yields this message:
Boot Mgr is missing

Press Control+Alt+Del to restart

Back to reading
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26 Oct 2013   #9
mjf

Windows 7x64 Home Premium SP1
 
 

I suggest you post a Disk Management screen shot. Also, maybe check in your BIOS that the backup drive isn't included in your boot list.
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26 Oct 2013   #10

Windows 7 Professional x64 Sp1
 
 

I always just shut the computer down when I get that issue. (its rare for me) and then disconnect the drive.
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