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How To Eject External HardDrive

Discussion in 'Windows XP' started by reeling, Jul 25, 2008.

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  1. reeling

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    I'm trying to eject a Toshiba External Harddrive. However, when I right click it I don't see any eject button, and I also do not see the "safely remove hardware" button on the bottom right hand corner of the screen. Please help! I need to get it out ASAP.
     
  2. Megabite

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    Is the light on the Drive saying it is still doing something.........
     
  3. Megabite

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    You can use a paper clip or similar and poke it in the front tray where there should be a small hole just for this problem
     
  4. reeling

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    No, it blinks when it is doing something. It is just a solid light!
     
  5. reeling

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    MegaBite, I looked all over for this hole and can't find it.
     
  6. Megabite

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    If it gets power from a separate source just turn the power OFF and then back on and see what happens....also if it is USB connected just unplug it

    The hole is very small.....also take a look under neath it there maybe a thing there
     
  7. reeling

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    Is it safe to just unplug it? It's USB connected.
     
  8. Megabite

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    Yes ...you will get a bong ...but it will be plug and play so its ok.
     
  9. Rich-M

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    Is the "safely remove hardware icon" perhaps behind "show hidden icons" shield on tray?
    Turning ot off once is fine but I would not make a habit of that. What you can do is right click the drive in "disks" in "Device Manager" then "Properties", "Policies" and check "optimize for quick removal" then you can not worry about "safe removal" anymore. It will slow the drive slightly but you most likely will barely notice it. If it is already checked then you have your explanation.
     
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