Safely Remove Hardware?

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FtWrth

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I have an external Iomega HD for data backup. I would like to shut it down when not in use. The "Safely Remove Hardware" icon always says that the "generic device cannot be shutdown" right now and that I should wait and shut it down at a later time. Well, that later time never seems to come around. Is it okay to just reach over and push the power button on the hard drive?
 

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You may have the XHDD open and 'minimized' or layered under the current window. I have run into the message when I have forgotten to close the XHDD with a right click menu command or using the "X".
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When this happens to me - I just wait till I shutdown the computer then power down the external .... just to be safe.

If this happens All the time .. probably should try to find out why.
It means that some process is still looking at the external.
 

JohnWill

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This happens here occasionally, and I'm sure that I have no application open that is locking the drive. However, for some reason, XP seems to have it locked. I can run a CHKDSK /X on the drive, and then it'll remove, so I know there is actually some kind of file lock on it somewhere. I also can't find the lock with utilities that will tell you the application that's locking a drive or file.

One point. If you have the drive "Optimized for quick removal" in Device Manager, you can wait for all activity to cease on the drive and turn it off safely. Since mine are only for backup, the added speed of having caching isn't really a factor, so that's how I do it.
 
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