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    Iomega drive removal

    I have an old Iomega drive that I have used for backup for many years. Today, I went and bought a new 250Mb USB2 drive and now I want to remove the Iomega drive. Do I just shut down the computer, unplug the drive and then reboot? Not sure how to do this, as I have never had to remove anything from my computer before. Any insight or advice that anyone would care to provide will be greatly appreciated. Thanks in advance.

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    Re: Iomega drive removal

    Is the Iomega also an external USB drive? If so, you don't normally have to shutdown to remove a USB device. In the System Tray at the lower right corner, you should see a small icon like this attachment shows with a red box. If you click on that, it should show a list of any external devices and you ought to be able to find the Iomega, click and it'll be OK to unplug it without shutting down.

    On the other hand, if the drive is INTERNAL, you will have to shutdown to disconnect and remove it, with a little hardware work too!
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    Re: Iomega drive removal

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    Re: Iomega drive removal

    Big Al, this is an external drive, but it is not a USB drive. It plugs into a port (parallel(?)) on the main computer, therefore, I suspect there is some process for removing it. I looked on the Control Panel, but could not see anything obvious about removing hardware. so the question still is - how do I get this off my machine ?

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    Re: Iomega drive removal

    You should be able to just unplugged it when the machine is OFF. What drivers are being used are very small and you do not need to doing anything else. When you turn it back on, the machine should not even look for it.

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    Re: Iomega drive removal

    Dave, I will try that and see if it works. Thanks for the insight.

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    Re: Iomega drive removal

    Dave, I tried that. Unplugged the drive when the machine was off. When I turned it on and checked, the machine thinks the drive is still there. Is there something else I have to do?

    Thanks.

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    Re: Iomega drive removal

    Maybe if you go into Device Manager and if it shows up there, remove it and reboot that will take care of it.
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    Re: Iomega drive removal

    Doc, I have looked everywhere that I can think of, but obviously not in the right places. Where, or how, do I find the Device Manager?

    Thanks.

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    Re: Iomega drive removal

    What OS is on the PC? I can't see it mentioned.

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    Re: Iomega drive removal

    The easiest way to find device manager is
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    Re: Iomega drive removal

    What Stuart said..... or simply right click on My Computer and select Properties>Hardware tab>Device Manager.
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    Re: Iomega drive removal

    Argus, the OS on this PC is Windows XP Professional, Version 5.1 with SP 2.

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    Re: Iomega drive removal

    I see, just asking if it perhaps was something older or less common.

    Among the external Iomega drives there were the "Zip drives" that made some success before/during early CD-RW/USB/DVD devices came. They could use some different interfaces the parallel port (IEEE 1284) and SCSI were some among them. I have never used one of those.

    What others have mentioned should work. Just for a check one could do a start with it connected and open BIOS Setup and look if it is recognised (or more precise; it has as I understand it been working; look HOW it is detected). Then as others described shut down the computer and remove the drive.

    At next start look in the Device Manager as described by Stuart and Doc; perhaps also do a check in BIOS again before starting Windows, after the removal. To see if it has changed.
    <hr>When I turned it on and checked, the machine thinks the drive is still there.<hr>
    Perhaps a stupid question, where do you see this? In My Computer etc?

    Don't know about some of these older interfaces; years ago some programs could "grab" a device in such a way that it was locked for removal. In this case that could be back up programs etc. But I don't know anything about that.

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