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Windows 7: Do you safely remove hardware

View Poll Results: Do you use the safely remove hardware option on USB devices
Always 28 50.00%
Never 11 19.64%
If I remember 9 16.07%
When Necessary 8 14.29%
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06 Oct 2010   #31

Windows 10 Pro x64 x2 Windows 10 Enterprise x64, Ubuntu

Yeah you voted for when necessary

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06 Oct 2010   #32


On some devices it isn't necessary. On some devices like external usb hdds there isn't really a way to safely remove them without shutting down either windows or the device
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06 Oct 2010   #33

Windows 7 Enterprise

I just wait for the activity light on the device to finish blinking.
All that option is useful for is to finish any current read/write activity after that file, then let you know its finished.
But if you already know its finished, because the light is not blinking, then its safe.

Edit: Made a typo. But I've been quoted already
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07 Oct 2010   #34

Dual Booting Windows 7 64-Bit Ultimate Edition and Fedora 16.

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by xarden View Post
I just wait for the activity light on the device to finish blinking.
All that option is useful for is to finish any current read/write activity after that fine, then let you know its finished.
But if you already know its finished, because the light is not blinking, then its safe.
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07 Oct 2010   #35

Windows 7 Ultimate SP1 / Windows 10 Pro x64

I always do this
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07 Oct 2010   #36

Windows 7 Home

I used to but now I don't. Knock on wood but so far my external HD has not lost any data. I only use it to transfer data so I still have the original files.

In Disk Management you can verify the setting for your drive.

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29 Oct 2010   #37

Windows 7 Ultimate 32bit

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by fseal View Post
Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by youllbelost View Post
i assume that everyone knows that there is an option in the OS for optimizing for safely removal or not..It is NOT necessary to safely remove a drive.
That optimization only hastens the flushing of files and reduces other write acess to the drive. But it isn't a magic pill. In fact the only reason that so many people can get away with not using the safe eject is that USB thumb drives and other flash media are mounted optimized for safe removal already

But there is no way to reduce the error window to zero on a fat file system. If you just pull the drive at exactly the wrong time (Or when still writing) you will lose data at least or even hose the file system requiring a repair (and losing even more data).

Clicking safely remove causes windows to wait till the write is done before telling you it can be safely removed at minimum... It will also hold off on new writes by programs, telling them the drive is not availble befor eyou remove it, sort of "putting a foot in the door" so you can even get a window of oppourtunity to remove the drive.
Thanks a lot for this!.

I always safe remove the hardware. Only a few seconds for a healthier hardware.
However I do get annoyed when the device can't be safely removed because apparently there is some program that still using it.
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Even though I'm sure I can safely eject it. But even then I'm making an effort and restarting / shutting down the machine if possible.

Here SanDisk's reference to this issue:

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29 Oct 2010   #38

Win 7 Ultimate 64-bit SP1 (desktop)

I always use the safely remove with any Mass Storage Class device, whether it is my camera, external HDD,the card reader in my printer, or one of my MP3 players. I have had MP3 players in the past that operated under the MTP protocol, however, and with those it is not necessary, as long as any transfer has ceased.

As several have said before, better safe than sorry.
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