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Windows 7: How to take an external (USB) hard drive back offline in Windows 7?

10 May 2014   #1

Win 7 Professional 64 bit
How to take an external (USB) hard drive back offline in Windows 7?

How can I tell Windows 7 Pro (64 bit) to close my external hard drive and take it offline? The only way I know is to shut down, which is pretty inconvenient. This was east to do in XP, and ensures that the end of file marker is written, so that there was no garbaging of files by re-use of currently allocated space.


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10 May 2014   #2

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Win 10 Pro x64

Welcome to the forum,

I just use the safely remove hardware method,

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11 May 2014   #3

Win 7 Professional 64 bit

The extended email reply I got pointed me to an earlier thread, which said where access to the "safely remove" feature is located in Windows 7. Works perfectly once one knows to go to "Open Devices and Printers", to right click on the device.
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