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Windows 7: Do you safely remove hardware

View Poll Results: Do you use the safely remove hardware option on USB devices
Always 28 50.00%
Never 11 19.64%
If I remember 9 16.07%
When Necessary 8 14.29%
Voters: 56. You may not vote on this poll

06 Oct 2010   #21
The Howling Wolves

Windows 7 Home Premium 64bit
 
 

I always practice "Safely Removal!"


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06 Oct 2010   #22
youllbelost

Dual Booting Windows 7 64-Bit Ultimate Edition and Fedora 16.
 
 

i assume that everyone knows that there is an option in the OS for optimizing for safely removal or not..It is NOT necessary to safely remove a drive.
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06 Oct 2010   #23
fseal

Windows 7 x64 Ultimate
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by youllbelost View Post
i assume that everyone knows that there is an option in the OS for optimizing for safely removal or not..It is NOT necessary to safely remove a drive.
That optimization only hastens the flushing of files and reduces other write acess to the drive. But it isn't a magic pill. In fact the only reason that so many people can get away with not using the safe eject is that USB thumb drives and other flash media are mounted optimized for safe removal already

But there is no way to reduce the error window to zero on a fat file system. If you just pull the drive at exactly the wrong time (Or when still writing) you will lose data at least or even hose the file system requiring a repair (and losing even more data).

Clicking safely remove causes windows to wait till the write is done before telling you it can be safely removed at minimum... It will also hold off on new writes by programs, telling them the drive is not availble befor eyou remove it, sort of "putting a foot in the door" so you can even get a window of oppourtunity to remove the drive.
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06 Oct 2010   #24
housry23

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
 
 

I do it when it is needed. I always do it when transferring files to my phone or other drives, but for cameras and the printer no, or if the drive has been plugged in for a while and I know that nothing is transferring I just pull it out.
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06 Oct 2010   #25
wilywombat

win7
 
 

Has anyone else noticed that the symptoms in How to avoid popup with scan prompt when plugin USB stick? occur if you remove the USB stick without going through the "Safe removal" route??
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06 Oct 2010   #26
thefabe

Windows 7 ultimate 64 bit / XP Home sp3
 
 

I have a powered 4 port USB hub and I'm sure it's not the best way to go about it but I don't think I've ever used Safely remove hardware.
Fabe
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06 Oct 2010   #27
Barman58

Windows 10 Pro x64 x3, Ubuntu
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by TVeblen View Post
We need an "when necessary" option.

I always use it for external hard drives.
I never use it for thumb drives, cameras, or printers.
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06 Oct 2010   #28
fseal

Windows 7 x64 Ultimate
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by wilywombat View Post
Has anyone else noticed that the symptoms in How to avoid popup with scan prompt when plugin USB stick? occur if you remove the USB stick without going through the "Safe removal" route??
The general reason for that is that Windows thinks that the fat32 file system is damaged.

If it starts happening after pulling a USB drive then yes the file system was damaged because of not safely ejecting the drive. You need to scan and repair it. The warning should go away. You can scan manually by right clicking the drive wntry in explorer and slecting Properties then Tools then Check Now...
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06 Oct 2010   #29
Orbital Shark

 
 

I only remove if the hardware I plug in has a short life expectancy...

e.g eventually my external HD that I transfer all my HD moves to (for viewing on ps3) is on it's last legs...better safe than sorry as I have more than 60 films...LOL
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06 Oct 2010   #30
TVeblen

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Windows 7 64 Bit Home Premium SP1
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Barman58 View Post
Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by TVeblen View Post
We need an "when necessary" option.

I always use it for external hard drives.
I never use it for thumb drives, cameras, or printers.
Added and edited poll
Thanks Barman!
But I voted already! Oh the pain!!
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