Disconnecting usb memory stick

December 15, 2005 at 14:03:33
Specs: xp, 550/312

Can I just pull the memory stick straight out or do I need to stop the device first.

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December 15, 2005 at 14:15:50

Yes, you should aways stop it first.. If you are writing to it and you pull it out you can damage it beyond repair

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December 16, 2005 at 01:35:14


When ever i'm not using mine I just pull it out.

I dont close it or any thing now I have xp.

If you leave it in when you shut down. when you reboot with it left in it thinks it's a boot device and you have to press F1 to continue.

So I try to rember to take it out before "Shutdown"


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December 16, 2005 at 01:48:33

Use the icon on the startbar to stopyour USB stick. If you just "pull it out" as suggested by terryco you risk losing your data and damaging the stick.

Once I thought I was wrong, now I'm not so sure!

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December 16, 2005 at 05:04:28

Hello Ewen,

I have done it this way on both my pc's ever since XP came out some four years ago.

I have worked on many other pc's doing it the same way and "NEVER" had a problem.

Therefore I do not see a problem, may be you should give it a try?

Merry usb to all of you!


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December 16, 2005 at 06:08:56

You must be one lucky fella that never had a problem with early disconnects of USB memory sticks and cards. Ewen offered a sound advice that parallels PC World's own article entitled ...

Ten Quick Tips to Keep PC Trouble at Arm's Length...

and quoted as follow for your convenience:

Avoid penalties for early withdrawal

If Windows is still transferring data to or from a USB memory key or other external storage device while you're unplugging it, you may lose data. In Windows XP, 2000, and Me, double-click the Safely Remove Hardware icon in the system tray (the area on the desktop near the clock; when you're ready to remove the device, and select it from the resulting list. Click Stop and then OK; a balloon will pop up to let you know when you can safely remove the hardware.


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December 16, 2005 at 11:16:40

Hello XPuser,

I thought I had made it clear in my earlier posts that I'm not using the mem stick when I take it from the pc usb slot.

I would not be so stupid as to just take it out while it was being written to.

So once again where's the problem?


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December 16, 2005 at 16:17:09

No value in arguing with you terryco but whether you are using it or not you run the same risk. If you're happy to do it your way then so be it but the time will come...

Once I thought I was wrong, now I'm not so sure!

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December 17, 2005 at 01:54:31

Hello Ewen,

I was not arguing I was just drawing it to others attention.

I have asked around and they all do it the same way as me!

May be I have had a run of good luck as its been said here; If so its the only run of goog luck that i have ever had.

I have had XP running with out format on one of my pc's for five years with being careful.

However I have lost dailup modems twice to lightning, to be honest I'm more scared of that than removing my mem stick's (I have two) that have given no problem.

We beg to differ. Have just taken one out again no problem at all.

I think we can do more harm downloading and running the net with out proper protection.

Have a nice Christmas every one.


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