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Windows 7: External hard drive can't be removed

08 Dec 2011   #11

Windows 7 32 bit

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by whs View Post
If I waited for safely remove to work I'd never be able to do anything.
LOL, real life meets theory.
Heh heh. I know what you mean. :)

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08 Dec 2011   #12

Windows 7 Pro-x64

I wasn't talking about hot swap nor were you as I understand your statement. You said to DELETE the metadata files. You can't and still have a readable drive.
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09 Dec 2011   #13

Windows 7 32 bit

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by carwiz View Post
I wasn't talking about hot swap nor were you as I understand your statement. You said to DELETE the metadata files. You can't and still have a readable drive.
1) It's hard to know what you're talking about since you don't quote anything. Floating statements are ambiguous.

2) I didn't say to delete anything. I posted a link to a thread I thought may be related. You stating otherwise is disingenuous.
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09 Dec 2011   #14

Windows 7 Ultimate x64, & Mac OS X 10.9.2

My point about lifes to short, also implied I never saftley remove drives.

Like on my server I've got hot swap drives, which I just pull out, and I've also got USB drives connected, if need be I just pull them out with no ill effect.

On a mac on the other hand if you do that you get a big angry message from the apple worm inside telling you off! And then half the time you need to restart before it will recognise the device again lol
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11 Dec 2011   #15

Windows 7 Home Premium 64 Bit OS

Ty for the helpful replies

Just a couple of notes - the devices policy is already set for quick removal and therefore
write caching is disabled. I understand that with this being the case it is probably not
critical if the drive is yanked without safely remove permission so long as I know there
is nothing writing to it and the indicator light is not flashing off its head suggesting that
it is busy.

Now for a couple more questions if you would be so kind:
With the statement I have made above about the devices policy being set for safe removal,
does this mean that the device is "Hot plug"? I don't fully understand the term unless it refers
to the same thing as Plug and Play ie: meaning that USB devices such as mice, keyboards and
the discussed external hard drives can be referred to as either "Hot Plug" or PnP devices- is this correct?

Miles: thanks for the linkout to sync. I am not fully aware of how this works so I have a couple of quetions.

1) Is Sync only operable through command line or is there a GUI (I'll assume command line only seeing as though there only seem to be 2 commands)

2) If it does only work through command line would I really only need to use the command as follows to remove the device: sync -e g:\ then hit enter (is this entering the command correctly?)

The -r option for sync flushes the drive cache if I am to understand correctly, however as you have stated in your edit at post #4, the OS does this automatically anyway meaning that I would not need to run that command- is that right?

I came across an article which stated not to go messing with the cache flushing for anything unless you are looking for a problem to fix. You can find it here:
Windows + Write Cache + Flushing -
So I guess I need to leave that well alone by the sound of it.

carwiz: you may be correct in regard to how the errors if we refer to them as that got there
in the first place. All the data (as stated previously about 600GB) has been transferred from an Iomega
1TB external drive onto a 1TB WD external drive. I used to yank the plug on the Iomega constantly in disgust due to it freezing up all the time, hence as you said this could be due to the drive being pulled during a write. Will do a chkdsk command on the drive now in use to see if I get any results.

I'm still unsure about the whole SID thing however if Windows owns it I have nothing to worry about then really do I? Just a quick note on this though, the SID that I am referring to appears only on the external drive and not in the Windows registry under HKEY_USERS - again I ask, is that normal?

I don't know if I panic to much or am just interested in trying to know as much as I possibly can about my system, but thankyou again for your responses and in advance for any replies I may get in regard to my latest questions.

Cheers :)
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