INFO: How not to turn your USB media to RAW

March 5, 2010 at 11:42:12
Specs: Vista XP Win7, NA
This is about the importance of always using the Safely Remove Hardware (SRH) feature of Windows.

If you dread losing your precious files stored on your USB media (external hard drives, SDC memory cards, jumpers, etc) heed the warnings/cautions given in the two articles HERE and HERE!

If you don't, be aware that once your USB media turned RAW, the chances of reviving your precious files free of corrupt are next to none. In my many years of computing, I never have lost one USB media because I always use the SRH feature.

I hope this post will save you from big disappointment one of these days.


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March 5, 2010 at 12:09:39
Great subj line.

Helping others achieve escape felicity


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March 5, 2010 at 12:21:03
Thanks, M2 :-)

As for Memory card in a USB multicard reader, I always open Windows Explorer & right-click the card's drive > EJECT before removing it. If you SRH the multicard reader, you will need to restart the computer in order to reclaim the set of drive letters assigned to it.


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March 5, 2010 at 12:30:51
I haven't use SRH in 6 yrs with no issues whatsoever across the gambit of pcs and laptops or using cameras, card readers, usb drives and sticks of various makes and brands.

But then I also know better then put all my eggs into a usb basket. I have backups and don't use usb as storage media but only as transfer media.

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