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Windows 7: External Hard Drive not safely removable

24 Aug 2013   #11
Computer0304

Windows 7 Professional 32-bit/Windows 8 64-bit/Win7 Pro64-bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Computer0304 View Post
And I did try that essenbe. Maybe I should try using sfc /scannow and let Windows check if there is any corrupted DLLs.
And its safely eject device not letting me eject it. But I don't get why it's happening on that specific external hdd on that specific usb port on the specific admin user.


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24 Aug 2013   #12
essenbe

Windows 7 Enterprise X64/Windows 10 Enterprise X64/Windows 10 Pro X64/Linux Mint
 
 

You can try the SFC /scannow, it's not going to hurt anything and could help. But, do not remove the drive while using it. Until you can safely eject it, be sure to shut down the computer before unplugging it. Unplugging it while using it will cause file corruption. Sometimes, if you have ever removed it without safely ejecting can cause the problem you are experiencing.
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25 Aug 2013   #13
Computer0304

Windows 7 Professional 32-bit/Windows 8 64-bit/Win7 Pro64-bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by essenbe View Post
You can try the SFC /scannow, it's not going to hurt anything and could help. But, do not remove the drive while using it. Until you can safely eject it, be sure to shut down the computer before unplugging it. Unplugging it while using it will cause file corruption. Sometimes, if you have ever removed it without safely ejecting can cause the problem you are experiencing.
The hard drive runs on usb power. So as long as I shut down correctly, I'm fine, right?
Also, I have another question.
Does bad sectors spread while the hard drive is off? Because recently my computer frose and the only thing I could do was move my cursor. The read/write light was on, so I am worried that it might have caused a bad sector on the system hdd. Also, could sfc /scannow cause problems if I'm using the computer while its running?
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25 Aug 2013   #14
essenbe

Windows 7 Enterprise X64/Windows 10 Enterprise X64/Windows 10 Pro X64/Linux Mint
 
 

SFC will not cause any problems at all, using the computer or not. It simply scans and attempts to repair system files. It is possible that it may be better if you don't use the computer while running it, but I've never heard that. I do not see any way bad sectors could spread while the hard drive is off. However, you said it runs on USB power. If it is plugged in, it is on. Why not, plug it in and run check disk. Disk Check It will take quite a while to run it, so just let it run until completed.
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25 Aug 2013   #15
Computer0304

Windows 7 Professional 32-bit/Windows 8 64-bit/Win7 Pro64-bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by essenbe View Post
SFC will not cause any problems at all, using the computer or not. It simply scans and attempts to repair system files. It is possible that it may be better if you don't use the computer while running it, but I've never heard that. I do not see any way bad sectors could spread while the hard drive is off. However, you said it runs on USB power. If it is plugged in, it is on. Why not, plug it in and run check disk. Disk Check It will take quite a while to run it, so just let it run until completed.
Could something go wrong durning chkdsk and corrupt files? Also to fix problems, what argument do I have to use? I'm scared to lose anything on the drive when it's fixing bad sectors. And by spreading bad sectors, I mean hard bad sectors. Are hard bad sectors even fixable?
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25 Aug 2013   #16
Lady Fitzgerald

Win 7 Ultimate 64 bit
 
 

Is the drive the only place you have your photos? If so, don't do anything with it until you make a copy of them somewhere, such as another HDD (if you don't have one, then you need to get one if you care about your photos). Data is not backed up until it exists in two or more places (preferably, three or more places). If your photos exist on another drive, then you don't need to worry about working on the drive; you can always restore the photos from the other copy if you should lose them while working on the drive in question. Otherwise, you are at risk for losing all your photos. HDDs can fail without warning.
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26 Aug 2013   #17
Computer0304

Windows 7 Professional 32-bit/Windows 8 64-bit/Win7 Pro64-bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Lady Fitzgerald View Post
Is the drive the only place you have your photos? If so, don't do anything with it until you make a copy of them somewhere, such as another HDD (if you don't have one, then you need to get one if you care about your photos). Data is not backed up until it exists in two or more places (preferably, three or more places). If your photos exist on another drive, then you don't need to worry about working on the drive; you can always restore the photos from the other copy if you should lose them while working on the drive in question. Otherwise, you are at risk for losing all your photos. HDDs can fail without warning.
Ok so thank you I will get another hard drive as soon as I could.
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26 Aug 2013   #18
therealaitch

Windows 7 Home Premium 64bit.
 
 

If you have "Everything" search engine installed you will find that is the culprit. Similar software may act the same.
Just exit "Everything" and "Safely Remove" will work.
Always try the simple solution first. So much damage is caused by advice that is not appropriate.
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26 Aug 2013   #19
bawldiggle

XP/7x32 & x64/8x64/8.1x64
 
 

I had this problem too -- like you I freaked at the possible loss of data.
As I understand it (ex Brink for memory) USB powered storage devices do not buffer in themselves where as self powered storage devices (power from an electrical connection) self buffer.
If you have added, deleted, edited anything on the USB powered storage device -- writing onto the device is slower than self powered are faster at writing because they self buffer.

I now use a commercial Program "USB Safely Remove".
It gives considerable feedback as to where the "holdup" is
eg, WinExp window still open that references the HD
Files on the HD that are still open.
My desktop gets rather busy and trying to view what is open (especially with Win7/8 Taskbar "stacking") -- USB Safley Remove saves me considerable time. (I have also implemented it in my small business)

Prior to "USB Safely Remove" I corrupted a backup disc because I did not know about the buffering thing.
"USB Safely Remove" has been worth the money for me. (Wife and staff now understand what is going on)

Hope this helps
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ADDEND:
Indexing: Others more knowledgeable than me might know if Indexing can be interfering.
I also use "Everything" (file finder) - portable version, and have not had a single problem
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26 Aug 2013   #20
MilesAhead

Windows 7 32 bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by therealaitch View Post
If you have "Everything" search engine installed you will find that is the culprit. Similar software may act the same.
Just exit "Everything" and "Safely Remove" will work.
Always try the simple solution first. So much damage is caused by advice that is not appropriate.
That's a good point iff you have Everything set to autodetect changes. It will watch the MFTs for changes. Even if you have everything that might hook the drive off, sometimes Windows just doesn't want to let go. On my machines that's why I stopped using a free copy of Safely Remove. It pretty much did nothing except provide eye candy(might be particular to my machine.. I'm not saying the software isn't worth using if your PC likes it.)
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