Solved can you remove a flash drive without asking computer permiss

September 30, 2013 at 12:00:01
Specs: Windows xp
I have a windows xp based desktop, can I remove a usb flash drive safely without waiting for the os tells me it is safe?

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#1
September 30, 2013 at 12:16:33
9/10, yes and nothing will happen, and then one day poof it will corrupt the data. It some times is not done copying over the files either just because copy box is gone, often you notice the flash drive light still blinking as the data is still being written. I would recommend you do it the proper way, then you can't blame yourself if it is something important that becomes corrupted.

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#2
September 30, 2013 at 12:19:55
You can but you run the risk of losing date,

When you save something to a storage device it may not be immediately written to the device. It will be stored in a buffer and written later when the computer is not so busy. Later can be anything from a few seconds to a many minutes.

Nine out of ten times to will get away with it, but the tenth time, zap. your device is corrupted and a reformat is the only thing that will resurrect it.

Stuart


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#3
September 30, 2013 at 12:20:49
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If you remove it without using the 'safely remove hardware' feature, you can corrupt files on the drive and even the drives file tables. When this happens, sometimes the only way to use the drive again is to format it and start over. This means that any file that you do not have another copy of, may be gone forever.
This does not always happen, or at least not this severe, but you really do not want to take that chance.
If you do not get the option to 'safely remove hardware' from the tray, you have a better chance of not damaging files if you turn off the computer first, but before that, try right clicking on the drive in My Computer (Computer in Windows 7) and select 'Eject'. This will unmount the drive and you should be safe removing it.

You have to be a little bit crazy to keep you from going insane.


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#4
September 30, 2013 at 12:23:15
Wow, I guess I was slow at typing this time...

You have to be a little bit crazy to keep you from going insane.


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#5
September 30, 2013 at 12:30:00
If the drive is FAT32 you will usually get away with simply removing the drive. But trying that with an NTFS formatted drive is dangerous. NTFS was never designed for removable drives so the safe removal feature is a practical necessity.

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#6
September 30, 2013 at 20:48:08
If you need additional help in making sure you 'safely remove' a drive you can install something like this:

http://safelyremove.com/


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