Safely Remove ?

  EARLR 09:25 05 Sep 2010
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Safely Remove option is not in contexts menu. How can i safely remove a external Hard Drive?

Thanks

  T0SH 13:22 05 Sep 2010

Look for "Eject" maybe


Cheers HC

  john bunyan 20:42 05 Sep 2010

I have mine plugged in to a handy socket, and turn it off before unplugging the USB.I acttually have two local sockets, the other for my speakers when not in use. If you have a laptop that powers the extenal HD, I am not so sure. Annoyingly not all external HD's have a built in on/ off switch

  Pineman100 16:50 06 Sep 2010

My external hard drive doesn't appear in the "Safely Remove" list, and Windows Explorer doesn't offer an "Eject" option when I right-click on the drive.

I have therefore assumed that the drive can be safely removed without any such function - I've unplugged it lots of times without problems.

I use Windows 7.

  BurrWalnut 19:16 06 Sep 2010

With the device plugged in, right-click Computer > Properties > Device Manager (in the left pane) to see if the drive appears under ‘Disk drives‘. If it does, right-click it > Properties > Policies Tab and check the box ‘Quick removal’. A USB ‘drive’ should have a check in this box. Restart the computer if you change anything. Internal hard disk drives use ‘Enable write caching on the disk’.

I suggest you always use the same port and don’t be too hasty in unplugging a device. Also, a common hardware problem is a bad connection caused by repeated off-angle insertions and removals. Where possible plug the device into an extension lead.

Unless you have changed the default, clicking the ‘Safely Remove’ icon for a USB device is not necessary providing you‘re careful. Close any Explorer window that is open and wait a few seconds for the device to finish writing data before unplugging it.

  Pineman100 15:35 07 Sep 2010

Thanks BurrWalnut - good advice for EARLR and me.

  EARLR 08:13 08 Sep 2010
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I can power them down safely then.

  BurrWalnut 08:24 08 Sep 2010

What I have always done (not on Win98 though), is to plug in or turn on the power first (if applicable) then plug in the USB lead, use the device, wait a few seconds to clear the write buffer, unplug the USB lead and finally unplug the power.

The important thing is to wait, say, 10 seconds before unplugging.

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