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    USB flash drive (Home Premium/SP 1)

    I'm getting the message "Do you want to scan and fix Removable Disk (F" every time I remove my USB flash drive without clicking the "Safely remove hardware" icon. Is there any way of stopping this response from Vista, as it appears the flash drive can actually be removed in this way without any problems? Searching for the message on the web has not turned up any useful results.

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    Re: USB flash drive (Home Premium/SP 1)

    Not a direct answer, but would Creating a Shortcut or Hotkey to Immediately Eject a Specific USB Drive help alleviate your situation?

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    Re: USB flash drive (Home Premium/SP 1)

    Thanks very much Leif. That's certainly an workaround if, as seems increasingly evident, it's impossible to modify Vista's behaviour in this case.

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    Re: USB flash drive (Home Premium/SP 1)

    It appears that Vista thinks you've got files open that could compromise the integrity of the drive. You may just gotten lucky so far. Do you have any folders or files that Vista might automatically try to use such as a trash can or system restore data? Are you using the drive for the Windows ReadyBoost feature?

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    Re: USB flash drive (Home Premium/SP 1)

    When you have the drive plugged in you might also check the drive properties to see if you've got Write caching enabled. If it is try disabling it.

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    Re: USB flash drive (Home Premium/SP 1)

    Thanks Joe. Had a look under Properties but cannot find any mention of write caching.

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    Re: USB flash drive (Home Premium/SP 1)

    Just using drive for occasional backup of contents of "Documents" and "Pictures" folders using SyncToy (on "contribution" basis). Not using Readyboost at all.

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    Re: USB flash drive (Home Premium/SP 1)

    I had you looking the wrong place. You need to check Device Manager. See TweakVista.com - Speed up external hard drives for more details.

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    Re: USB flash drive (Home Premium/SP 1)

    Thanks very much once again, Joe. I'll follow the link up as soon as current workload lets me out of its clutches <img src=/S/crazy.gif border=0 alt=crazy width=15 height=15>

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    Re: USB flash drive (Home Premium/SP 1)

    Nice try, Joe. Unfortunately "Optimise for quick removal" was checked so write caching already disabled.

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    Re: USB flash drive (Home Premium/SP 1)

    With the drive installed you should check to make sure that System Restore is not configured to use it. You can use Control Panel | System and Maintenance | System | Advanced System Settings (left column under Tasks) | System Protection (tab) to check or change the setting.

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    Re: USB flash drive (Home Premium/SP 1)

    No, even with USB drive installed System Restore is not configured to use it, only OS (C (System) is checked for such use on the tab.

    Thanks again

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