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Windows 7: Disable "Scan and fix removable disk" prompt


19 Jul 2010   #1

windows 7 ultimate x64
 
 
Disable "Scan and fix removable disk" prompt

Apologies if this is mentioned elsewhere, or if I'm posting in the wrong group but...

Is there a way to stop the "Do you want to scan and fix Removable Disk (X?" prompt every time I insert a flash drive? Doesn't matter if it's an SD card in the reader, a thumb drive, or my android phone acting as a storage device.

Each time I have to click "continue without scanning". Maybe I've just been lucky and have dodged a bullet by not scanning and fixing (recommended) - or maybe, MS is on a hair trigger?


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19 Jul 2010   #2

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Windows 7 Home Premium x64 SP1
 
 

Ive seen that attributed to not using "Safely Remove Software", but rather just pulling the device from the USB plug. But that doesn't seem to be the fix.

Many have had luck running chkdsk on the drive(s)

Open a command prompt, type in:

chkdsk L: /f

L: being your actual drive letter

A Guy
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20 Jul 2010   #3

windows 7 ultimate x64
 
 

Thanks AG. The problem is that I switch these storage devices from countless computers - and none of them are safely ejected when they're removed.

It's only when they're plugged back in that Windows 7 screams at me. You'd think there'd be some switch to turn that off (like the option to disable auto play).
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21 Jul 2010   #4

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Did you try running chkdsk on them? No off switch because 7, at least, thinks that they need to be scanned. I get it myself, but don't use them enough to be a hassle. A Guy
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26 Jan 2011   #5

Windows 7 Home premium 32bit
 
 

I found a solution here :Disable Do You Want To Scan And Fix Removable Disk, AutoPlay

Basically, disable Autoplay by stopping the Shell Hardware Detection service from automatically starting.
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26 Jan 2011   #6

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Welcome to Seven Forums steveblack. Thanks for that, some may want to use it I didn't suggest that as, and it says so in the article, it does disable all autoplay. Some prefer that anyway to prevent infections from removable devices though. All in all, a good option for anyone who prefers to do so. A Guy
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09 Apr 2012   #7

Windows 7 Professional 64-bit
 
 

I actually re-formatted my flash drive to try and get rid of the message, but I still get it. I also ran "Scan and fix", to no avail. It found nothing wrong. Meanwhile, I continue to use the flash drive daily with no problems or corrupted files.

I'm going to try disabling Autoplay as suggested above. I don't like Autoplay anyway.
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10 Apr 2012   #8

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
 
 

Sometimes the original pop up still exists.. you need to disable all services.
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17 Apr 2012   #9

Windows 7 Professional 64-bit
 
 
Removing flash drive without "Ejecting"

I previously said that I had re-formatted the flash drive and it did not get rid of the "Do you want to Scan and Fix" error message. Well, after trying to disable Autoplay by stopping the Shell Hardware Detection service from automatically starting, I found that another program needed that service, so I once again tried to re-format the flash drive. This time it worked, and continues to work as long as I religiously use the "Eject" menu item before pulling the flash drive out. However, I pulled flash drives out without using "Eject" for years without incident, when I was running Windows XP. As long as you don't interrupt a file copy operation, there was never a problem. So why is Windows 7 different in this regard? And when you allow Windows to "Scan and Fix", why doesn't it fix anything?

I like Windows 7, but some changes are not improvements. This is one. Another change I don't like (while I'm on a rant) is changing "Printers and Faxes" to "Devices and Printers" in Control Panel. The average user usually needs printers more than other devices (in my opinion) so why not call it "Printers and Devices"? That's a minor complaint, but change for the sake of change is not useful.
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2 Weeks Ago   #10

Windows 7 32bit
 
 
Free Program Worked for Me

There is a simple command line prompt for your removable drives, like flash drives
chkdsk E: /f ; E: being the drive letter of the USB stick
as explained at
http://www.autohotkey.com/board/topi...g-usb-scan-fix down the page at http://pages.citebite.com/n3h7y9w4h7ccw

If that does not work, then there is a free program "Hide-it" that worked for me. It is available through
http://www.expocenter.com/hideit
The program works without installation. Just open it and, after you put in a removable drive, you would double click on the Hide-it icon in your tray and it will open up. You will see the titles of all of the windows that you have opened. The one that is the removable drive is called "Microsoft Windows". You would click on that line and an "H" will go on the left of that line to signify that it is to be hidden. Then hit "configure" and check before "Previously hidden windows" and hit "Ok" twice to put the "Hide-it Program" icon back in your tray. Then, in the future, whenever you put in a removable drive, the annoying Windows pop-up will open minimized and, therefore, you can easily ignore it. When you remove that removable drive from your usb port, the Windows pop-up will disappear.
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