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Windows 7: unable to safely remove external hard drive

13 Aug 2009   #1

Windows 7 32bit
unable to safely remove external hard drive

Hey guys I have a question involving an external hard drive and windows 7 libraries. I have this external hard drive (WD500GB My book) which has all my backup information (as per Windows Backup feature; great stuff) as well as all my music and movies. I really like the idea of using libraries to list all the music and movies from both my internal and external hard drives in one place; so I've included the external hard drive folders in the various libraries. The problem I run into is that I cannot safely remove the external hard drive; it refuses to do so.

I know it is due to the external being included in the libraries and not due to Windows Backup storage location being the external hard drive because I kept the Windows Backup settings the same (with the storage being the external hard drive) and removed the folders on the external from the libraries and it safely removes fine.

I realize I could set it so that write cacheing is disabled and I could remove it whenever, but this yields lesser performance (correct?) I'd rather keep write cacheing on; is there any way for me to include the external hard drive in the libraries while having the ability to safely remove the hard drive?

Thanks in advance

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13 Aug 2009   #2


WD has released all new software for the MyBook series drives; I had the same problem you mention and after installing the new Drive Manager and MyBook software it is working nicely for me now.
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