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Windows 7: What can happen if you unplug a storage while 'it is being used'? fast

27 Dec 2013   #1
I Am User

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What can happen if you unplug a storage while 'it is being used'? fast

I have an external HDD plugged into my PC. I put some files onto it, now I want to (safely) unplug/eject it. Go to the little tray down there, etc, the regular process.. But, it says that something on it is being used. Nothing is being used, I'm pretty sure.. but just in case:

If I unplug it now, without the confirmation that I can 'safely' do it, what is the worst thing that can happen? Nothing? or only that file that is being used will be damaged/lost? or.. everything?


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27 Dec 2013   #2
Britton30
Microsoft MVP

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You can corrupt all the data on the drive. Reboot and then try it.
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27 Dec 2013   #3
I Am User

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If I reboot, its the same thing then. No?

Edit: All data? even if only one file is being used?
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27 Dec 2013   #4
whs
Microsoft MVP

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If you reboot, all the handles that hold the device are being removed. That is the safest way in that case. But you can take your chances and unlug it with the handles.

Or you can study this: http://www.codeproject.com/Articles/...ndling-Handles
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27 Dec 2013   #5
Britton30
Microsoft MVP

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Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by I Am User View Post
If I reboot, its the same thing then. No?

Edit: All data? even if only one file is being used?
No. did you even try it??
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27 Dec 2013   #6
I Am User

Windows 7 Home Premium 64bit
 
 

I rebooted, then once it said its in use, then next time said its safe.. 10 second between two tries.
Everything is on it, safe.
I thought it got accepted as an internal drive and cannot be just removed. is that even possible?

Thanks everyone for replying! Kudos to all
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27 Dec 2013   #7
whs
Microsoft MVP

Vista, Windows7, Mint Mate, Zorin, Windows 8
 
 

Quote:
I thought it got accepted as an internal drive and cannot be just removed. is that even possible?
Nah, that's not it. It is just a coincidence depending which programs have been handling the device.
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27 Dec 2013   #8
Britton30
Microsoft MVP

Windows 7 Ultimate X64 SP1
 
 

It may have been something as simple as Indexing running which doesn't take a long time.
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27 Dec 2013   #9
Layback Bear

Windows 7 Pro. 64/SP-1
 
 

Just a question.
Can't you just shut down the computer, unplug the drive and start the computer. Will that also be safe?
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27 Dec 2013   #10
whs
Microsoft MVP

Vista, Windows7, Mint Mate, Zorin, Windows 8
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Layback Bear View Post
Just a question.
Can't you just shut down the computer, unplug the drive and start the computer. Will that also be safe?
Couldn't be any safer than that.
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