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Windows 7: usb hard drive driver?

27 Feb 2017   #1
babavuna

win 7 32&64
 
 
usb hard drive driver?

hello
i have western digital usb hard drive
i am on windows 7
everything is working good except one thing -> when i want to disconnect the drive from usb i go to safely eject the drive or something like that, then the windows says that the drive now is safe to be removed, but i can hear the drive is still working and the plates inside is still spinning.
when i connect the drive to windows xp and choose to safely disconnect the drive i can hear how the drive stops spinning and then the windows says that the drive is now ready to be removed.

is it possible to make win7 to do the same as win xp when i choose safely remove hard drive?
(first stop the spinning process,return the heads in the safe zone(this process is automatic by the drive itself, but windows 7 does not giving the command to stop the spinning proces and to return the heads to safe zone) and then to be ready to be removed)

Thank you!


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27 Feb 2017   #2
ICIT2LOL

Desk1 7 Home Prem / Desk2 10 Pro / Main lap Asus ROG 10 Pro 2 laptop Toshiba 7 Pro Asus P2520 7 & 10
 
 

Hello and welcome babavuna first up can you please do this
Now before we can help we do need to know what is in your machine so please do this System Info - See Your System Specs
or either enter the specs of your system in your forum profile the specs will appear when we click on that little box bottom left of the post screen it is for me the preferable option as it is easy. As you may appreciate it is very hard when you donít know what one is working with for example a diesel or petrol engine.
*(pretyped to save time)

Now I think maybe you need to update the driver for the USB ports and the external drive should have installed it's driver when you first plugged it in so did it? However before we can go on we nee to know what your specs are.

Just a thought have you tried disconnecting the drive to cut off the power to it?? and then reconnect it??
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04 Mar 2017   #3
babavuna

win 7 32&64
 
 

I dont see how this will help you to find the problem ...
mainboard gigabyte g41m-combo 8gb ram ddr3
video gf gt730 4gb
hdd 160gb
on the same computer with win xp is working perfect.

its something with the driver that win7 installing when i plug in the drive
is there way to install the win xp driver to win 7 ?
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04 Mar 2017   #4
AddRAM

Windows 7 Pro x64 Windows 10 Pro x64
 
 

I don`t think you`ll have any issues unplugging the drive after you get the safe to remove message.

It would be no different then if the drive went to sleep inside the PC case.
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04 Mar 2017   #5
babavuna

win 7 32&64
 
 

There is big difference.
it is better to unplug the drive after the plates inside stops spinning than unplug it while they still spinn
in second way there is a chance the heads to stuck on the plate and goodbye hard drive and many moneys i give for it ...... and also many many info ...
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04 Mar 2017   #6
babavuna

win 7 32&64
 
 

after all that should be the reason the "safely removal" option to exist ....
if its not doing its job properly why did they put it in the first place ......
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04 Mar 2017   #7
RolandJS

Windows 7 Professional 64-bit
 
 

babavuna, I think you're on to something; a few times I too have had a device that really did not "feel" safe to remove. I have had to leave the device attached until I was finished with the computer and did a shutdown, or, if I needed that usb port, I had to do a restart, waited for the famous black screen, and pulled the device off of the port. Have you been doing that also?
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04 Mar 2017   #8
RolandJS

Windows 7 Professional 64-bit
 
 

Would you mind trying something? tweaking.com's Windows Repair (All in One), Safe Mode with Networking, unclick all prechecked, click only file associations for EXE and system files, items number 26 & 27; restart twice, letting Windows come to full desktop, letting Windows re-settle. I think leave external media devices offline until the 2nd restart phase.
Items 26 & 27 are supposed to be resetting Windows' defaults.
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04 Mar 2017   #9
AddRAM

Windows 7 Pro x64 Windows 10 Pro x64
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by RolandJS View Post
babavuna, I think you're on to something; a few times I too have had a device that really did not "feel" safe to remove. I have had to leave the device attached until I was finished with the computer and did a shutdown, or, if I needed that usb port, I had to do a restart, waited for the famous black screen, and pulled the device off of the port. Have you been doing that also?
But wouldn`t the external drive still be running even if you turned the PC off ?

And if it just used the usb cable for power, wouldn`t shutting down the PC be just the same as pulling the plug from the external drive if it used AC power ?

Don`t these externals have an on/off switch on them ?
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04 Mar 2017   #10
ThrashZone

Win-7-Pro64bit 7-H-Prem-64bit
 
 

Hi,
Yes most external hdd enclosures do have a manual power switch to totally turn them off or at least both mine do
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I do not use safe to remove on these items
I just shutdown the computer down the data on them is too important to take a chance of corruption
Only flash drives I use str.
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