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"safely remove hardware" problem

Discussion in 'Windows XP' started by jtn3833, Jan 24, 2006.

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  1. jtn3833

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    When I plug in a thumb drive or my external hard drive for backups everything goes smoothly. But when I try to disengage it by bringing up the "safely remove hardware" screen from the little icon in my sys tray about half the time I try and "stop" one of those devices I get the warning that it cannot be stopped now, and to try again later.
    The drive is not in use or anything but I still get the warning... I've heard it's bad to unplug a thumb drive before "safely removing" it but sometimes I have no other option. Is there something about this that I'm missing? And how bad is it to just unplug the thing?

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    JTN
     
  2. win2kpro

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    Sometimes there is no other choice other than to remove the drive. I occassionally run into the same problem. If you have anything important on the drive save it to a desktop folder and reformat the drive. I reformat mine every 3 or 4 months and it seems to help with that problem.
     
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