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Windows 7: External hard drives keep running after Safely Remove

4 Weeks Ago   #1
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7 Pro 64
 
 
External hard drives keep running after Safely Remove

Recently my external hard drive started to keep running after I go to the taskbar and click Safely Remove Hardware > Eject External USB > Notification says you can safely removed it. The light on the HD is on and you can hear the disk spinning. I don't think they used to do that. Is it safe to unplug them when this happens?

Don't know if it makes any difference but I use a third-party file manager called Xplorer2 but I have had it for many years and haven't changed anything and I don't have any new software that has anything to do with external drives.


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4 Weeks Ago   #2
billmcct

Windows 7 Home Premium
 
 

You really don't need to use the Safely Remove Hardware option since Windows 7 doesn't use delayed write on external drives.
As long as the light on the hard drive isn't flashing, just unplug it.
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4 Weeks Ago   #3
catalogue

7 Pro 64
 
 

OK thanks - but I gotta say it sounds to good to be true. Maybe I was traumatized by Win 95 and it imprinted a need to walk on eggshells around certain things on Windows that are no longer problems.
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4 Weeks Ago   #4
billmcct

Windows 7 Home Premium
 
 

Every external drive is set to "Quick Removal (default)" under hard drive properties "Policies"

The other option is to use "Better Performance" aka "Delayed Write"
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