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 Post subject: Safely Remove Hardware
 Post Posted: Sat Sep 27, 2008 9:13 am 
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Hey Scott I was listening to Computer America from September 26th. The host on their was talking about how he uses the safely remove hardware link in the system tray for usb flash drives. I was under the impression that the "safely remove hardware" feature in windows was something they left in windows for legacy devices. I'm pretty sure I learned this from you. I was asking about it a while back and I remember you telling me this. There is really no need to use the "Safely remove hardware" button. Am I correct about this?


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 Post subject: Re: Safely Remove Hardware
 Post Posted: Sat Sep 27, 2008 12:54 pm 
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You'll see the full explanation in my post here: viewtopic.php?p=86#p86

To summarize, XP and Vista are configured by default to expect "surprise removal" of USB devices, and because of that you don't normally need to click "safely remove hardware" before unplugging a USB drive. This can be changed (write caching turned on), so without knowing the specifics about the system, drives, or configuration I do recommend clicking on safe removal for most people. However, because I understand how Windows works, and more importantly how my system and devices are configured, in my case I just close any open files or folder on the device, then wait a couple seconds and simply unplug it. Scott.


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