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    Unplugging USB Device - Safely (XP, SP2)

    Hi,

    I'm just wondering if there is any recommended procedure for unplugging my printer via USB 1.1 port ( I only have 1 port and a few different devices). When I plug in my external floppy drive an icon pops up on the system tray, which when I've finished using it I click on to 'Safely Remove Hardware'. However this doesn't happen with my Epson printer, probably because a friend ran 'msconfig' to clear most of the icons off the system tray which I like. Is there any particular way I should safely disconnect?

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    Re: Unplugging USB Device - Safely (XP, SP2)

    I'd power the printer off before you disconnect, but apart from that, you really don't need to "safely remove hardware". This is used mainly for USB devices that are storage mediums (flash drive, external USB drive, etc.). With these devices, you want to make sure that all data is written to the device before you pull the plug. This isn't the case with a printer.
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    Re: Unplugging USB Device - Safely (XP, SP2)

    Have you considered buying a USH Hub? They are pretty inexpensive in the USA. Most are 4 port hubs. But you can find 7 port hubs also. That could save you issues with unplugging devices when you aren't supposed to.

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    Thank You

    Cheers for the advice. I'm going to look into buying one of those, I think it will save me a lot of hassle.

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    Re: Thank You

    It will save you hassle until you find ways to use up all of those ports with other USB devices. I know... it happened to me. <img src=/S/anigrin.gif border=0 alt=anigrin width=19 height=19> Sure beats reaching around to the back of the computer, though!
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