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    Safely Remove Hardware (Version 5.1 SP2)

    I bought a couple of USB flash drives and managed to insert them and download files to them a couple of times before I learned that they need to be 'released' by the Safely Remove Hardware button in the System Tray.

    I can click on the button and 'remove' drives H and I and it leaves the System Tray. However, each time I reboot, the button reappears wanting me to once again release these drives.

    Is there a simple setting somewhere that will allow me to do a one-time acknowledgment that I made a dumb mistake and to release, after the fact, drives H and I until I actually insert and use them again?

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    Re: Safely Remove Hardware (Version 5.1 SP2)

    I'm not sure if you can change the behavior by changing a setting. But you should be able to insert the drives again (one at a time) and then follow the Safely Remove steps to remove the drive and that should clear the "problem".
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    Re: Safely Remove Hardware (Version 5.1 SP2)

    I've gotten in the habit of using Windows Explorer, right clicking the device and selecting EJECT. When Windows Explorer does not know about the drive it is safe to unplug. That seems to avoid some of the mess with 'safely remove hardware'.

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    Re: Safely Remove Hardware (Version 5.1 SP2)

    Doc,

    Thanks for the suggestion.

    I tried this; it recognized the flash drive as J. I asked to have all the drives released, and physically removed the flash drive. When I rebooted, H and I were back wanting to be released again.

    Windows must keep track of this in a file somewhere. I guess I need to find out where and clean it up.

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    Re: Safely Remove Hardware (Version 5.1 SP2)

    Ok, I did a couple Google searches and found a registry edit here. HTH <img src=/S/smile.gif border=0 alt=smile width=15 height=15>
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    Re: Safely Remove Hardware (Version 5.1 SP2)

    <P ID="edit" class=small>(Edited by IMNetUser on 15-Jul-08 01:40. Correct spelling and adjust picture size.)</P>Have you tried going under Computer Management -> Storage -> Removeable Media -> Media -> Select Removeable Media -> RIGHT Mouse click -> Eject ?

    A wizard comes up to ensure no media is in the "Library" and ejects the device from the computer system.
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    Re: Safely Remove Hardware (Version 5.1 SP2)

    An alternate to joe's <post:=721,597>post 721,597</post:> or my <post:=721,610>post 721,610</post:>, you can use Computer Management -> Disk Management -> Select device -> RIGHT Mouse click device and select "Eject". SHOULD be same as Joe's earlier post - but you going directly through Computer Manager.
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    Re: Safely Remove Hardware (Version 5.1 SP2)

    >> I asked to have all the drives released, and physically removed the flash drive. When I rebooted, H and I were back wanting to be released again. <<

    If you only have one flash drive plugged in, why would you be trying to get Windows to release other drives? Just tell it to Stop the one drive, and remove it was Windows gives the OK.

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    Re: Safely Remove Hardware (Version 5.1 SP2)

    Do you have ANY built in "Memory card" readers?
    If so, these will always appear as drives!

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    Re: Safely Remove Hardware (Version 5.1 SP2)

    "Do you have ANY built in "Memory card" readers?"
    Dave, that's exactly what I was thinking. I used to have this same problem, but a firmware upgrade for the memory card reader solved the problem. I no longer have the "safely remove hardware" icon in the system tray.
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    Re: Safely Remove Hardware (Version 5.1 SP2)

    Thanks Doug (and everyone else)

    Yes, I have a Siig 9-in-1 reader with FDD. This device can read CF (Type I/II), Microdrive, SmartMedia (SM), Secure Digital (SD), MultiMediaCard (MMC) and Memory Stick (includes MagicGate & Pro) memory cards, so, yes, there are two slots. Each time I read my CF card am I supposed to use "Safely Remove Hardware" before I pull it out?

    If so, I am confused. It appears that it is set up to 'auto-play' since plugging it in opens a dropdown menu that gives me access to the files on it automatically.

    I clicked on the "Safely Remove Hardware" icon and it said that the device could not be released because "a program is still accessing it." I closed the dropdown box, but the "Problem Ejecting USB Mass Storage Device" still pops up anyway. I cannot find anything in the Task Bar that looks like a culprit. This list in Task Manager is so long and cryptic that I cannot deduce which program is being invoked. I've always just pulled it back out when I'm done and put it back in the camera. I have no media for the MemoryStick shaped drive, so that has never been used.

    Perhaps XP is not complaining that I inserted a FlashDrive and did not release it before I removed it.

    Just to be complete, I also have an external 1394 box. As far as I can tell, this is not 'recognized' unless it is powered up.

    Thanks again for the insights and suggestions.
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    Re: Safely Remove Hardware (Version 5.1 SP2)

    As long as any file or folder is selected in Windows Explorer it is seen as in use.So, once you are finished copying from the CF card, click on some file or folder not on the CF card, then right click the drive containing the CF card and select EJECT.

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    Re: Safely Remove Hardware (Version 5.1 SP2)

    >> As long as any file or folder is selected in Windows Explorer it is seen as in use. <<

    I had a problem recently with an external hard drive throwing up that same message when I wanted to unplug it. I was advised to turn off System Restore for that drive, which solved my problem.

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