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02 Feb 2013   #11
Lady Fitzgerald

Win 7 Ultimate 64 bit

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Bungee18 View Post
If policies are set to quick removal for the drive, which is mos likely the case for a USB external drive, boobbah is most certainly right. If right-through caching is enabled it is highly unlikely that anything would happen to the drive by unplugging without ejecting.
"Quick removal
This option is usually the best choice for devices that you are likely to remove from the system frequently, such as USB flash drives, SD, MMC, Compact Flash, or similar memory cards, and other externally attached storage.

"When you select the Quick Removal option, Windows manages commands sent to the device using a method called write-through caching. In write-through caching, the device operates on write commands as if there were no cache. The cache may still provide a small performance benefit, but the emphasis is on treating the data as safely as possible by getting the commands to the principal storage. The main benefit is that you can remove the storage device from the system quickly without risking data loss. For example, if a flash drive were to be accidentally pulled out of its port, the data being written to it is much less likely to be lost." From windows help.

Hope this is useful.


Also excellent advice!

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03 Feb 2013   #12

Windows 7 Home Premium 64 bit

Yeah it was set to "Quick Removal" plus when I plug in external hard drive then click "Safely Remove" I get a message "Generic Volume Currently in use" I'm not sure what this means.

*Question* If I cannot click "Safely remove" because of a currently in use message yet I have no transfer/going on is it SAFE to restart the laptop then once it loads the desktop and just right click "Safely remove" or 2nd option Once the laptop has shutdown/powered off then removing the external hard drive

I'm not sure if you are suppose to do this but I had to restart my laptop then click "Safely remove"
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03 Feb 2013   #13

Windows 7 Home Premium 32 bit

Doing a Restart could still damage your USB in rare circumstances.

Briefly the options when you get the message that the device is still in use are:

1. Log off your profile, unplug the device and then log on.

2. Start > Devices and Printers. Right click on the device, and click on eject. ( In the case of pendrives you can also right click on the device in (My) Computer and eject.)

I unplugged my external hard drive without "Safely Remove" Can this da-eject.jpg

3. Shut down your PC or wait till you shut down and then remove the device.


Use a program like Unlocker UNLOCKER 1.9.1 BY CEDRICK 'NITCH' COLLOMB to kill all running processes and then remove your device.

I Can't Eject This Flash Drive (or External Hard Drive) | PCWorld

Follow these procedures and you will not lose your sleep like this.

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