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 Post subject: removable flash being accessed after logical ejection
 Post Posted: Mon Oct 12, 2015 7:30 pm 
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A flash drive's internal LED blinks well after I give the ejection command and the laptop stops recognizing that drive. I try not to pull it out physically while it's flashing, but should I worry about it? Is it being harmlessly probed by the laptop and/or Linux or is there a risk to contents? Should I switch flash stick brands or is the effect a platform issue and I should be glad that this flash at least has an LED revealing access?


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 Post subject: Re: removable flash being accessed after logical ejection
 Post Posted: Mon Oct 12, 2015 7:54 pm 
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Normally with Windows XP and later you don't have to give the "ejection command" when unplugging a USB device since those versions were designed by default to expect a surprise removal of USB devices. As long as you aren't writing to the device, removal even if the LED is flashing shouldn't cause any problems. Scott.


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 Post subject: Re: removable flash being accessed after logical ejection
 Post Posted: Thu Oct 15, 2015 11:30 am 
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And when such a removed device reports a closing issue once plugged back into another system, plugging it back into Windows (and I presume Linux) and then properly closing it in the manner you described has always worked for me to cease the error with no data loss.


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 Post subject: Re: removable flash being accessed after logical ejection
 Post Posted: Sat Oct 17, 2015 12:03 pm 
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That's neat of >=XP and I hope Linux distros do likewise. It's common for people to just yank and I hadn't heard that any OS coped with that custom. Nice news.


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