Safe Removal of USB Memory Stick

  SURVEY 16:53 29 May 2008

Why is it that one particular memory stick will not permit a safe removal on my desktop machine? I get the message 'the generic volume cannot be stopped now'. However safe removal works with this memory stick on my laptop computer. Yet other usb devices permit a safe removal on the desktop machine.

  Forum Editor 17:16 29 May 2008

but I can tell you that you needn't worry - provided a USB stick isn't being read, or written to you can go ahead and pull it out anyway. You'll do no harm to either computer or stick.

  Fruit Bat /\0/\ 17:20 29 May 2008

Some sticks don't like a particular USB chipset, all my sticks work ok on a Medion PC,
One stick dosn't work well on my IBM laptop nother dosn't like the HP laptop.

sometimes refreshing the USB ports will help for awhile.
Refresh USB Ports
Use Drive clean up to remove USB device drive info from the registry
click here
In device manager Uninstall EVERYTHING under the heading USB,
reboot the PC let XP find and install new hardware.
Your equipment should now be recognised.

  SURVEY 17:47 29 May 2008

Fruit Bat /\0/\ - Not sure if refreshing the usb ports will do the trick as another stick of the same make (Kingston) allows the Safe Removal to work on my desktop. Odd how the stick that then does not work on the desktop does work on the laptop!

One other query - when disconnecting any usb stick and most devices from the usb port, my broadband conection is disconnected also!

  woodchip 17:50 29 May 2008

As FE if the usb is not being written pull it out

  SURVEY 18:02 29 May 2008

I have been doing as the FE says without ill-effect!!

Thanks all.

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