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Windows 7: Removing a USB memory stick

27 Mar 2012   #1

Windows 7 32 bit
Removing a USB memory stick

Hi guys

In older versions of Windows one had to ask nicely before unplugging a memory stick.

This doesn't seem to be the case with W7 - or has the function moved? Currently I'm simply unplugging it when I've finished but I thought I'd best find out if I'm not doing it properly!

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27 Mar 2012   #2

Windows 10 64 bit

I still have the "safely remove hardware and eject media" icon and use it when I remove USB memory sticks.

You may just be lucky. At some point there can be a corruption in the Windows status for the drive and at that point you will have uninstall it in the Device manager, restart Windows and start over to get it working.
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27 Mar 2012   #3

Windows 7 Pro with SP1 32bit

The function is very much there. Look into the hidden Icons if you don't see it in the visible ones.
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27 Mar 2012   #4

Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit

Never use it. Never had a problem.

Just make sure the device isn't being written-to when you remove it.
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27 Mar 2012   #5

Windows 7 Ultimate x64 SP1

I use the remove function all the time. I've had corrupt USB drives in the past due to simply removing them, so why take a chance when it is a simple mouse click?
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27 Mar 2012   #6

W7 Ultimate SP1, LM19.1 MATE, W10 Home 1703, W10 Pro 1703 VM, #All 64 bit
Drive Policies

Check your drive policies in "Device Manager".
Removing a USB memory stick-drive-policies.png

The default policy is "Quick removal".

You should see this icon somewhere.
Removing a USB memory stick-safe-removal-icon.png

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27 Mar 2012   #7

Windows 7 HP / Ultimate x64

I still have the "safely remove hardware and eject media" icon and use it when I remove USB memory sticks.
Same here. You just need to locate the icon in the Notifications Area.

Few clicks away to Safe Removal.
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27 Mar 2012   #8

Windows 7 x64 Ultimate

I always set the Safely Remove Hardware notification icon to "Always Show" to make the process a lot faster. You can also right click it in explorer and select "Eject" if you happen to have explorer open.
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27 Mar 2012   #9

XP / Win7 x64 Pro

I always choose to Safely Remove my removable drives. It's mostly old habit as Windows is now more keen to people's tendencies of just removing drives without doing this so they account for it.
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27 Mar 2012   #10
Da Don

win 7home prem 32bits

Its safer to look before you take another step in what ever you do while working on ur PC / Lappy ...
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