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Windows 7: Safely remove usb device


06 Oct 2009   #1
antonigaribaldi

WINDOWS 7 ULTIMATE
 
 
Safely remove usb device

Have you noticed that when you requst to safly remove a "disk on key" you get the o.k to remove msg but the light on
the device stays on (unlike xp where the light turns off)


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06 Oct 2009   #2
gforce23

Win7 RTM, XP Pro, Arch Linux, Puppy (Quad boot)
 
 

Are you using the USB device for ReadyBoost?
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06 Oct 2009   #3
Brink
Microsoft MVP

64-bit Windows 8.1 Enterprise
 
 

Hello Antonigaribaldi, and welcome to Seven Forums.

This is normal. Some external devices lights will turn off afterwards, while some will not. As long as you get the ok to safely remove the drive, then it will be ok to disconnect it.

Hope this helps,
Shawn
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06 Oct 2009   #4
awer

 
 

hm...interesting...
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12 Feb 2010   #5
volja

Windows 7
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Brink View Post
Hello Antonigaribaldi, and welcome to Seven Forums.

This is normal. Some external devices lights will turn off afterwards, while some will not. As long as you get the ok to safely remove the drive, then it will be ok to disconnect it.

Hope this helps,
Shawn
No sir it is not normal as it will remove power on XP, but wouldn't do this on Windows 7. Also when I do eject on XP USB HDD stops spinning, but if I do eject on W7 it continue to spin even W7 says it is safe to remove! I think it is serios problem in W7 unless sombody knows how to fix it!
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12 Feb 2010   #6
Brink
Microsoft MVP

64-bit Windows 8.1 Enterprise
 
 

Hello Volja, and welcome to Seven Forums.

I'm not sure why some do and some don't, but it seems to be normal in Windows 7. It's part of hot swap. As long as you get the ok to remove, you are fine and safe to disconnect it.
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12 Feb 2010   #7
gregrocker
Microsoft MVP

 

Brink, can you explain the risks if such a device is removed before getting the okay prompt?
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12 Feb 2010   #8
Brink
Microsoft MVP

64-bit Windows 8.1 Enterprise
 
 

Hi Greg,

Sure thing.

The ok message assures you that there is no longer anything being written to or saved from the device. If the device is removed without the ok message and something just happens to currently be writting to or saving from the device at that moment, then you will lose that data and possibly corrupt the device or the HDD that is being saved to from the device.
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24 Feb 2010   #9
volja

Windows 7
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Brink View Post
Hello Volja, and welcome to Seven Forums.

I'm not sure why some do and some don't, but it seems to be normal in Windows 7. It's part of hot swap. As long as you get the ok to remove, you are fine and safe to disconnect it.
Thanks for the Welcome! I find this is a nice forum!
Mate, I still believe that it is not normal if your hard drive is still spinning and you remove the power from it. It should stop first then you remove the power that what is happening in Windows XP. I like W7 I really do, but this way to handle external USB hard drives really make me worry!
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24 Feb 2010   #10
brady

 

It doesn't remove power to the device when clicking the "safely remove". Some lights refer to Power and some refer to read/write. Power is never cut from the USB port.

usb sticks that are formatted in fat are an on demand write process, thus clicking the safely remove device when it's just sitting there is useless.

Obviously if the stick has a 3Hr copy time and you yank it out there will be problems... but clicking the "safely remove" in the same scenario won't help that either.
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