Windows 7 Forums

Welcome to Windows 7 Forums. Our forum is dedicated to helping you find support and solutions for any problems regarding your Windows 7 PC be it Dell, HP, Acer, Asus or a custom build. We also provide an extensive Windows 7 tutorial section that covers a wide range of tips and tricks.


Windows 7: Removing a USB memory stick

27 Mar 2012   #1
GaryBC

Windows 7 32 bit
 
 
Removing a USB memory stick

Hi guys

In older versions of Windows one had to ask nicely before unplugging a memory stick.

This doesn't seem to be the case with W7 - or has the function moved? Currently I'm simply unplugging it when I've finished but I thought I'd best find out if I'm not doing it properly!


My System SpecsSystem Spec
.

27 Mar 2012   #2
fireberd

Windows 7, 64 bit Home SP1, Win 8.1.1 Pro 64 bit
 
 

I still have the "safely remove hardware and eject media" icon and use it when I remove USB memory sticks.

You may just be lucky. At some point there can be a corruption in the Windows status for the drive and at that point you will have uninstall it in the Device manager, restart Windows and start over to get it working.
My System SpecsSystem Spec
27 Mar 2012   #3
wanchoo

Windows 7 Pro with SP1 32bit
 
 

The function is very much there. Look into the hidden Icons if you don't see it in the visible ones.
My System SpecsSystem Spec
.


27 Mar 2012   #4
Katanyavich

Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit
 
 

Never use it. Never had a problem.

Just make sure the device isn't being written-to when you remove it.
My System SpecsSystem Spec
27 Mar 2012   #5
DeaconFrost

Windows 7 Ultimate x64 SP1
 
 

I use the remove function all the time. I've had corrupt USB drives in the past due to simply removing them, so why take a chance when it is a simple mouse click?
My System SpecsSystem Spec
27 Mar 2012   #6
lehnerus2000

Windows 7 Ultimate SP1 (64 bit), Linux Mint 17.1 MATE (64 bit)
 
 
Drive Policies

Check your drive policies in "Device Manager".
-drive-policies.png

The default policy is "Quick removal".

You should see this icon somewhere.
Name:  Safe Removal Icon.png
Views: 12
Size:  6.8 KB


My System SpecsSystem Spec
27 Mar 2012   #7
ReviverSoft

Windows 7 HP / Ultimate x64
 
 

Quote:
I still have the "safely remove hardware and eject media" icon and use it when I remove USB memory sticks.
Same here. You just need to locate the icon in the Notifications Area.

Few clicks away to Safe Removal.
My System SpecsSystem Spec
27 Mar 2012   #8
fseal

Windows 7 x64 Ultimate
 
 

I always set the Safely Remove Hardware notification icon to "Always Show" to make the process a lot faster. You can also right click it in explorer and select "Eject" if you happen to have explorer open.
My System SpecsSystem Spec
27 Mar 2012   #9
FliGi7

XP / Win7 x64 Pro
 
 

I always choose to Safely Remove my removable drives. It's mostly old habit as Windows is now more keen to people's tendencies of just removing drives without doing this so they account for it.
My System SpecsSystem Spec
27 Mar 2012   #10
Da Don

win 7home prem 32bits
 
 

Its safer to look before you take another step in what ever you do while working on ur PC / Lappy ...
My System SpecsSystem Spec
Reply

 Removing a USB memory stick




Thread Tools





Similar help and support threads
Thread Forum
How Can I Re-Format A Memory Stick?
I installed and formatted a Maxell 32 GB USB memory stick in my Dell computer which has a Windows 7 Home Premium 64 bit operating system. Saved many photos on it, and then removed it. Today I re-inserted it, and the computer wouldn't read it: it advised I must format the stick before it could be...
Hardware & Devices
4gb Memory stick
Hi I have a 4gb memory stick that I have used many times to install Linux etc on old laptops etc. Now that I want to use that stick to copy off some files from Win 7, I notice that Win 7 suggests its capacity is only 1gb. I think I have seen this kind of thing happen before but cant remember...
Hardware & Devices
avi file on memory stick
Is it possible to load an *.avi file on a Memory Stick in Windows 7 Thanks jack
Media Center
USB Memory Stick Not Visible
I am unable to recognize my USB memory stick under certain conditions in My Computer window. I am running Win 7 Ultimate on a Dell computer. I have an internal Western 1.5 Tb, a Western external 1Tb hard drive and a Blue Ray DVD/CD burner. My internal HD has 7 partitions and my external HD also 7...
Hardware & Devices
BSOD with memory stick
more often than not when i plug a memory stick in i get the BSOD crash memory dump then restarts, if i leave the stick in pc boots up fine and i can access the stick. this has happend with corsair and freecom sticks and with several different micro sd cards with several different card readers so...
BSOD Help and Support
USB memory stick help
Hey guys, I have a question, is there any way to recover a corrupted drive. A while back i was formating my 2gb memory stick when the power went out. The format did not complete and now the drive wont work at all. is there any way to get it working again?
Hardware & Devices

Our Sites

Site Links

About Us

Find Us

Windows 7 Forums is an independent web site and has not been authorized, sponsored, or otherwise approved by Microsoft Corporation. "Windows 7" and related materials are trademarks of Microsoft Corp.

Designer Media Ltd

All times are GMT -5. The time now is 17:32.

Twitter Facebook Google+



Windows 7 Forums

Seven Forums Android App Seven Forums IOS App