Strawballs, possibly. But NTFS stands for New Technology File System. Which I assume is better than FAT32?
I plugged a Flash Drive in to transfer some files from my computer to the XP computer and when I finished I just unplugged the Flash Drive and got my wrist slapped. I got a message saying I shouldn't have unplugged it until I was told to do so. Seems to defeat the object of "hot plugging" to me.
Likewise - I plug and unplug flash drives and other USB devices all the time with no complications whatever. The only time a green arrow icon appears is when using the MP3 Player software. The hard drive is NTFS formatted.